Genre Guesstimation – Miracle on 34th Street (1947)


The idea behind this new feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of holiday themed movies…

34th street“Look Doris, someday you’re going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn’t work. And when you do, don’t overlook those lovely intangibles. You’ll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile. ” – Fred Gailey

Number of Times Seen – At least twice (Probably on TV as a kid and 7 Dec 2014)

Brief Synopsis – The real Santa Claus takes part in the Macy’s Day Parade and begins to work at the store in order to rekindle hope and appreciation in a world that is slowly losing those qualities.

My Take on it – Being Jewish and not celebrating Christmas can be somewhat burdensom at this time of the year because so many TV shows and movies are specifically geared to the holiday.

Eventhough I am not a believer, I still enjoy the inspirational holiday messages that most of these movie advocate because those kind of messages can be shared by all no matter what race, creed, or religion one might be.

This movie is the perfect case in point.

As a kid, I saw at least parts of it every year on TV but can’t remember if I had ever seen the whole thing straight through.

The story is a simple but powerful one that led to this movie getting 4 Oscar nominations including Best Picture and winning the other 3.

It won 2 technical awards for story and screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Edmund Gwenn who won for his role as St. Nick, being the first actor (and as of 2014 the only actor) to do so.

I now can definitely say that this is a true holiday classic.

Bottom Line – Inspirational holiday movie that truly is a classic. Gwenn is great and truly deserved his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role. Highly recommended!

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely. This insiprational story that sparks hope can be watched over and over.

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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10 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

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  2. Happy to see you enjoy this one so much, Rob. For whatever reason, it doesn’t quite click with me, but I can see the appeal. Had no idea Gwenn won an Oscar, but, yes, totally deserved it! Great review!

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