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Christmas Countdown: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

December 2, 2011

Every day from December 1st to 24th, we will be counting down to Christmas by profiling holiday classics both old and new.  Arranged in chronological order, these are some of our favourites to watch every year.  Enjoy!

When Edmund Gwenn won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, he became the first and so far only actor to win an Academy Award for playing Santa Claus.  The 1947 classic Miracle on 34th Street is as much about a little girl (Natalie Wood) learning to believe in Santa, as it is about a lawyer (John Payne) trying to prove that Kris Kringle (Gwenn) isn’t just playing the part.  With great performances and a brilliant script that still feels fresh, this is a magical classic that allows every member of the audience to believe in their own way that there really is a Santa Claus.

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