Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Directed by: George Seaton
Starring: Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn
Some drunk guy (Percy Helton) is hired to play Santa in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) has a problem with that and takes his place with the help of event director Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara). He does so well that he’s hired to work at the flagship Macy’s store on 34th Street in New York City. Kris gets into his job so much that he insists to everyone, including Doris’ children, that he is the real jolly old Saint Nick. His passion gets him fired and eventually institutionalized. However, Doris’ neighbor Fred Gailey (John Payne) has a heart and helps Chris to fight for his freedom and prove that he is the real Santa. Though Miracle on 34th Street is a little ripe for the holiday movie bucket list, it’s the original heartwarming Christmas film. Spike the eggnog and enjoy this holiday classic.