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Doris walker a no-nonsense macy's executive, desperately searches for a new store santa. She hires kris kringle who insists that he's the real santa claus. But, he has many skeptics like doris and her six year old daughter, susan. So kris goes to court to try and prove it.
Kris Kringle--unbeknownst to cynical, market-minded adults, the real Santa Claus--is hired to play himself at Macy's Department Store, New York City. His gentle, joyous spirit and magical powers soon transform those around him, including a little girl and her world-weary mother. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Picture. Academy Awards: 3, including Best Original Story, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor--Edmund Gwenn. The 50th Anniversary Edition includes remastered footage and a promotional short.
Heartwarming Christmas story in which a man who moonlights as Kris Kringle at Macy's claims to be the genuine article. The adults refuse to believe him and begin to suspect that the bearded, portly man is not playing with a full deck. But most important to Kris is a little girl who steadfastly refuses to believe that Santa Claus is real. Can he convince her--and everyone else--that he is telling the truth? His freedom may depend on it...
Sight and Sound
"...Seaton's paean to seasonal goodwill remains profoundly watchable..." 01/01/2001 p.64
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here really is no better flick to curl up with over the festive season." 01/01/2007 p.137
Edmund Gwenn, Winner, Best Supporting Actor,Valentine Davies, Winner, Best Writing, Original Story,George Seaton, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay,William Perlberg, Nominee, Best Picture
Golden Globe (1948)
George Seaton, Winner, Best Screenplay,Edmund Gwenn, Winner, Best Supporting Actor
The Motion Picture Guide
Here is a beloved and heartwarming film that is shown regularly, and rightly so, every Christmas, a tale for young and old, even the cynical who won't stand a chance resisting the message and accepting the glowing image. Gwenn walks away with this film as the man who spreads the true meaning of Christmas and embodies the spirit of Yuletide... [He] gives one of the most charming, endearing performances in the history of film, an image so appealing that his gentle personality has been indelibly identified with the spirit of Santa Claus and Christmas ever since the completion of this superb production. He won an Oscar for this role, and there was never any doubt that he would. Christmas has been profiled in dozens of films, but seldom, if ever, has the Yuletide been so wonderfully presented.
Fox Home Entertainment
New York Post
A miracle of originality...
The Motion Picture Guide
...a beloved and heartwarming film...
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