Thursday, December 24, 2015

Friday's Film Adaption: Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies

"Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to." If those words ring a bell, you've probably seen--and fallen in love with--the popular holiday film based on this heartwarming Christmas story. Dreamed up by the author as he watched the Macy's parade with his own family, it follows the emotional transformation of a thoroughly modern, no-nonsense mother who has taught her young daughter all too well that fairy stories are make-believe and dreams can't come true. The catalyst for this change: an old man who claims to be...Santa Claus.

A department store Santa claims to be the real thing.
Release Date: May 2, 1947 (USA)
December 18, 1947 (AUS)
Release Time: 96 minutes

Maureen O'Hara as Doris Walker
John Payne as Frederick M. "Fred" Gailey
Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle
Natalie Wood as Susan Walker
Porter Hall as Granville Sawyer
William Frawley as Charlie Halloran
Jerome Cowan as District Attorney Thomas Mara
Philip Tonge as Julian Shellhammer
Alvin Greenman as Alfred
Gene Lockhart as The Hon. Henry X. Harper
Harry Antrim as R. H. Macy
Herbert Heyes as Mr. Gimbel
James Seay as Dr. Pierce
Thelma Ritter as a harried shopper
Percy Helton as the drunken Santa Claus stand-in the parade
Ann Staunton as Mrs. Mara
Bobby Hyatt as Thomas Mara, Jr.
Theresa Harris (uncredited) as Cleo, the Walker's Maid/Housekeeper
Jack Albertson (uncredited) as the post office employee
Jeff Corey (uncredited) as Reporter
William Forrest (uncredited) as Dr. Rogers at Bellevue
Robert Shaw (uncredited) as the taxi driver

1947 Academy Awards
Best Picture (nominated)
Best Screenplay (won)
Best Supporting Actor - Edmund Gwenn (won)
Best Writing, Screenplay - George Seaton (won)

A six-year-old has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle... Santa Claus. The arrival of one Kris Kringle, a department store Santa who believes he's the genuine article, turns the skeptical child's world upside down.
Release Date: November 18, 1994
Release Time: 114 minutes

Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle
Elizabeth Perkins as Dorey Walker
Mara Wilson as Susan Walker
Dylan McDermott as Bryan Bedford
J. T. Walsh as Ed Collins, a lawyer
Simon Jones as Donald Shellhammer
James Remar as Jack Duff
Jane Leeves as Alberta Leonard
William Windom as C.F. Cole
Robert Prosky as Judge Henry Harper
Allison Janney as a brazen woman shopper 
Jack McGee as Tony Falacchi, the drunk Santa 
Joss Ackland (uncredited) as Victor Landberg





Author Bio:
Valentine Davies (August 25, 1905 – July 23, 1961) was an American film and television writer, producer, and director. His film credits included Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Chicken Every Sunday (1949), The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), and The Benny Goodman Story (1955). He was nominated for the 1954 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Glenn Miller Story.

Davies was born in New York City, served in the Coast Guard, and graduated from the University of Michigan. He wrote a number of Broadway plays and was president of the Screen Writers Guild and general chairman of the Academy Awards program.

He wrote the story for the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street, which was given screen treatment by the director, George Seaton. Davies also did a novelization of the story, which was published as a novella by Harcourt Brace & Company in conjunction with the film release. Miracle on 34th Street earned him an Academy Award for Best Story.





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