Why Miracle on 34th Street Isn't on TV This Year, and Where You Can Watch It
"Why isn't the Original Miracle on 34th Street on TV this year? We need to see films that offer hope."
"Where's Miracle on 34th Street with Maureen O'Hara?"
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Many a TVLine reader is looking for the classic 1947 Christmas film about a funny old man who might be the real Santa Claus. If you don't subscribe to Disney +, you will likely only get cash.
As reported by Rob Owen of Trib Total Media, the original Miracle on 34th Street will not be available on traditional television this holiday season due to the purchase of 20th Century Fox (including its movie library) by Walt Disney Co. Pretty much the only place to find and see it is Disney +.
For what it's worth, it's a wonderful life, as mentioned in our "What to Watch" column for Christmas Eve, and where Mary jokes about George who "loves her violently" will air on NBC tonight while White Christmas on Sundance until noon marathon runs on Christmas.
In Miracle on 34th Street (1947), written (with Valentine Davies) and directed by George Seaton, Maureen O'Hara starred as Doris Walker, a special events director at New York's Macy's department store who met a kind old man from the street (Edmund Gwenn). when your Rent-a-Santa turns out to be drunk. Doris doesn't know much, but her vacation home is called Kris Kringle and she thinks she's actually Santa Claus. Kris is so convincing with his story that he even believes in Doris' matter-of-fact daughter Susan (Natalie Wood). John Payne plays Doris' love interest, while I Love Lucy's William Frawley is among the fellow campaigners as a local politician advising the judge in the later trial not to get Santa Claus wrong.
The film won three Academy Awards in 1948 (for Screenplay, Original Story, and Supporting Actor Gwenn) and also received a nomination for Best Picture.
A 1994 remake starred Elizabeth Perkins, Richard Attenborough and Mara Wilson. That can be found on January 7, 2021 on HBO Signature East.
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