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Miracle On 34th Street 1973

Miracle On 34th Street 1973
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    Miracle on 34th Street is a 1973 American made-for-TV movie directed by Fielder Cook. It is the third remake of the original 1947 film. Like the original, this film was produced by 20th Century Fox. Additionally, the New Y...
    Miracle on 34th Street is a 1973 American made-for-TV movie directed
    by Fielder Cook. It is the third remake of the original 1947 film.
    Like the original, this film was produced by 20th Century Fox.
    Additionally, the New York City-based Macys department store allowed
    their name to be used in this film, unlike later versions.When an
    old man (Sebastian Cabot) spies the department store Santa Claus get
    drunk before taking part in the Macys Thanksgiving parade, he
    immediately locates and complains to Karen Walker (Jane Alexander),
    the parade director. She promptly fires her Santa Claus and the old
    man, who turns out to be named Kris Kringle, volunteers to take his
    place for the sake of the children. Kris does so well during the
    parade that he is immediately hired to be the stores main Santa for
    the holiday period. At the same time, Karens daughter, Susan
    (Suzanne Davidson), an intelligent but cynical six-year-old, meets
    her new neighbor, Bill Schafner (David Hartman), a lawyer, and
    decides to try and hook him up with her mother.Kris, out of goodwill
    and to the horror of Mr. Schillhammer (Jim Backus), begins to send
    customers of Macys to other stores if they cant find what theyre
    looking for. In spite of Schillhammers initial fear, the public
    embraces his actions as a goodwill marketing campaign and sales
    skyrocket, leading the profit obsessed Mr. Macy (David Doyle) to
    pursue the campaign in earnest. However, Karen and Shellhammer learn
    that Kris believes himself to actually be Santa Claus, a fact they
    frantically try to hide from their boss. The stores psychiatrist,
    Dr. Sawyer, initially takes Kris on as a fascinating case study, but
    Kris belief that it is Sawyer who has the problem leads to him
    becoming an enemy instead. Kris finds a kindred spirit in the
    janitor, Alfred (Barry Greenburg), who gets joy out of dressing as
    Santa at the local YMCA every year. He also learns the Susan has
    been raised not to believe in Santa Claus or possess an imagination,
    two things he intends to correct. Susan herself is further convinced
    of his authenticity because he possesses a real beard and in
    particular when he speaks Spanish to a young girl who doesnt speak
    English.Through their friendship with Kris, who becomes Bills
    roommate, Bill becomes closer to Karen, who is overworked and
    looking for companionship, and Susan begins to learn the value of
    imagination. She eventually asks Kris to get her a new house for
    Christmas to prove that hes Santa Claus, and later for help in
    ensuring Bill becomes her new father. Kris eventually passes the
    word on to Bill, who arranges for a real estate contract for Karen
    for a similar house and insists she buy the house for Susans
    sake.However, Sawyers anger with Kris leads him to antagonize him
    and Alfred to the point that Kris throws a pie in his face during an
    encounter in the lunchroom. Reluctantly, Karen agrees to allow
    Sawyer to evaluate him again. After Kris helps Alfred with his
    yearly Santa Claus routine, Dr. Sawyer confronts him and lies to
    Kris and tells him that Karen believes him to be a menace. In light
    of this, Kris deliberately fails every one of his tests at Bellevue,
    leading to the hospital to recommend his commitment. Kris reveals to
    Bill that he intends for Bill to get him off, making Bill realize
    that Kris wants the confrontation for the sake of proving to the
    world that he is the one and only Santa Claus. An angered Bill
    agrees, and a commitment hearing begins in which Judge Henry Harper
    (Tom Bosley) and D.A. Thomas Mara (James Gregory) reluctantly move
    forward with the case despite the terrible press its giving their
    political ambitions. During the course of the hearing, Mr. Macy is
    placed on the stand and upon contemplating the terrible press and
    lost sales if he declared his own Santa a fraud, he declares he
    believes in Kris and fires Sawyer before he leaves the courtroom.
    Similarly, Harper and Mara are eventually pressed to declare that
    Santa Claus is real when Bill points out the terrible press, but the
    D.A. demands that Bill prove Kris is the one and only Santa
    Claus.Bill and Karen are about to give up on the case as hopeless
    when Susan gives Bill a letter to pass on to Kris, and Bill realizes
    that hundreds of children write to him every year. He quickly
    manipulates the court to recognize the authority of the Postal
    Service, and arranges the post office to deliver all of Santas mail
    to the court. As Bill papers the court room in Kris mail, Judge
    Harper dismisses the case in Kris favor (as he quietly slips a
    letter of his own into the pile).At the celebration at the memorial
    home, Susan loses faith in Kris when she doesnt get her house.
    However, on the way back into New York, Bill and Karen drive her
    past the house she asked for, leading Susan to rush inside and find
    it even has the swing she asked for. As Karen and Bill discover
    Kriss distinct cane, they realize he made the arrangements and
    declare their love for each other.
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