This film is such a great Christmas classic on many levels. You have the black and white retro props which weren’t retro in the 40’s when this was made. In other words, the props are real! Beyond that you have a timeless story with powerhouse and legendary actors.
“When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.” -IMDB
Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart
George Seaton, Valentine Davies
Comedy, Drama, Family
Thu 02 Oct 1947 UTC
IMDB Rating: 7.9
This is one of those family films that has appeal for both kids and adults. Its written in such a way that there is something for everyone to relate with. For example, there is a drunk imitation Santa who gets his just desserts. There’s a young man who plays Santa as part of the union and gets advice from the man himself. Theres a hardened divorcee trying to raise her daughter without make believe and her suitor bachelor who sees a flaw in that. Finally, among many entertaining characters is Kris Kringle, the man who almost gets committed to an asylum for claiming he is Santa Claus.
There is a romance here along with a court drama, intelligent comedy, and a hint of childhood Christmas magic. I recommend to all.