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MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIES
A movie from the 40's? Hmmm!? That old, huh? Yep! My favorite Christmas movie by far is "Miracle on 34th Street", the story of a "nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus. He is institutionalized as insane when he accidentally hits someone with his cane; a young lawyer defends him by arguing in court that he is the real thing!"
Starring Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle; Maureen O'Hara as Doris Walker; Natalie Wood as Susan Walker; and John Payne as Fred Gailey, the story is new yet old and an awesome movie for both young and old.
A couple of favorite quotes from the movie are:
Kris Kringle: Oh, Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind... and that's what's been changing. That's why I'm glad I'm here, maybe I can do something about it."
Fred Gailey: "Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don't you see? It's not just Kris that's on trial, it's everything he stands for. It's kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles."
Susan: "I believe... I believe... It's silly, but I believe."
Well, as much as I love the 1947 version of "Miracle on 34th Street", once I saw the 1994 version with Mara Wilson ("Matilda" and "Mrs. Doubtfire"), I was definitely hooked! Mara's character in "Miracle on 34th Street" is little Susan Walker, who discovers that dreams do come true if you just believe. Her mother, played by Elizabeth Perkins, hires Kris Kringle, played by Richard Attenborough, to "play" Santa at the store in which she works. Bryan Bedford, played by Dylan McDermott, is Susan's mother's "friend", the one Susan wishes to be her new father.
Following the original movie's plot, but updated a little, this version is just as heart-warming as the first one.
Additional quotes from the updated version are:
Dorey Walker: "I don't care what you asked Mr. Kringle for. Susan, that is not why we're going to the house."
Susan Walker: "We're going to the cataloged house, right? That's the house I told him I wanted. I showed him a picture of it and he took it and he said he would get it for me."
Bryan Bedford: Well, a house is a pretty big gift, Susan."
Susan Walker: "That's what Mr. Kringle said."
Dorey Walker: "Susan."
Susan Walker: "What?"
Dorey Walker: "What else did you ask Mr. Kringle for?"
Susan Walker: "A baby brother. See ya!"
Can't you just see the mischievous grin on her little face as Susan answers her mother's question!! And my favorite scene of all - when they walk into that house and Susan sees the cane standing by the fireplace...she knows this is the house that Kris Kringle has given her - just as she asked him to do!
So much for my movie review! Now, pop some popcorn and let's have a "night at the movies" watching an awesome classic Christmas movie! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!