Vincentian Mission In Movies
Recommended and reviewed by
Fr. Michael Carroll, CM
Director, The Miraculous Medal Shrine; Spiritual Director, CAMM
Miracle on 34th Street
NR, 1947, Fantasy/Comedy-drama, 1 hr. 36 min.
The intangibles, like faith, are based on believing in those things that can’t be measured, touched, or palpated. This is the underlying message in the 1947 Thanksgiving-Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street, in which the unbelievers are faced with “believing when common sense tells you not to.”
The story opens at the consumer-driven, overtly commercialized launch of the Christmas holiday season—the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Enter Kris Kringle, who steps in to replace an intoxicated Santa Clause, the parade’s star attraction. By coincidence or fate, he meets the parade’s organizer, Doris, a cynical, businesswoman, who hires Kris to replace the parade Santa and eventually play the role in Macy’s Christmas store.
This entrance segues into the storyline of a man who is convinced he is the real Santa Clause and convincing the nonbelievers surrounding him of his legitimacy—Doris; her precocious daughter, Susan; a young, principled lawyer; and a list of skeptics and hopefuls. In question is not the existence of Santa as Kris claims to be, but having faith to accept what logically does not appear acceptable. This heartwarming film makes its audience want to believe in Santa Clause. It’s a must-see movie, a heartwarming holiday story about the importance of wonder, trust, and standing up for what you believe.
Information on the film can be found HERE.
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