Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The 12 Trailers of Christmas: Miracle on 34th Street

Here's a Christmas tradition that dates back to 1947 and the days of the great department stores of New York City.

That was the year when the original Miracle on 34th Street was released by Twentieth Century-Fox, but not quite during the holiday season. Fox actually released the film in May of that year because the studio was anxious to capture summer movie crowds (the fact that this was a Christmas film was never mentioned in the film's original marketing).

Starring Maureen O'Hara and John Payne, the cast also featured actors that would become classic movie fan favorites, including Edmund Gwenn (as Kris Kringle), Gene Lockhart (as Judge Harper), William Frawley and Jack Albertson (as the postal worker who comes up with the answer for proving Mr. Kringle is the real deal). But most memorable perhaps is a very young Natalie Wood as Susan Walker.

A classic whose ending just wouldn't be the same in the age of emails, texting and Twitter accounts, Moviedozer is happy to present trailer #10 in our 12 Trailers of Christmas countdown. (Incidentally, don't let the picture on the trailer clip throw you, this is the original trailer, the picture happens to be clipped from the 1994 remake.)


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