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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Favorite Christmas Movies 3

This is the Favorite Christmas Movies by popular demand edition. This Christmas movie has been redone every couple decades, but the original is still the best.

Miracle on 34th Street is a classic. Everyone knows the story... Santa (aka Kris Kringle) becomes the "store Santa" for Macy's... meets a little girl who doesn't believe in Santa so he sets out to prove to her that he is the one and only Santa. Fast forward to a trial to prove his competency, but it turns into a trial of his identity as the one and only Santa, which he wins... everyone lives happily ever after.

The reason I feel the original is better than all the remakes (put together) is because it not only had the best acting, but it struck the best balance of making Santa look like he could either be THE Santa or just some crazy man. It seemed every remake took the insane thing farther and farther... till that 90's flick had Santa talking to "his" reindeer at the NYC Zoo. THAT was really believable.

Plus I like the original because I have a soft heart when it comes to black and white movies. Although, it does look great "colorized" too.

Anyway, for best scene in the movie I nominate the Judge and the political hack who is advising him about how to handle the upcoming Santa case:

Charles Halloran: All right, you go back and tell them that the New York State Supreme Court rules there's no Santa Claus. It's all over the papers. The kids read it and they don't hang up their stockings. Now what happens to all the toys that are supposed to be in those stockings? Nobody buys them. The toy manufacturers are going to like that; so they have to lay off a lot of their employees, union employees. Now you got the CIO and the AF of L against you and they're going to adore you for it and they're going to say it with votes. Oh, and the department stores are going to love you too and the Christmas card makers and the candy companies. Ho ho. Henry, you're going to be an awful popular fella. And what about the Salvation Army? Why, they got a Santa Claus on every corner, and they're taking a fortune. But you go ahead Henry, you do it your way. You go on back in there and tell them that you rule there is no Santy Claus. Go on. But if you do, remember this: you can count on getting just two votes, your own and that district attorney's out there.

Judge Henry X. Harper: The District Attorney's a Republican.

Finding video for these Christmas movies is turning out to be trickier than I anticipated... but here is what I got so far. First the original trailer for the movie, which is NOT like the traditional trailer...

Here is a more traditional trailer, I assume that was cut for use with a TV broadcast...

And a "Crazy Congress" scene:

And for much much more check out Destination Hollywood's Tribute to the movie, where you can find more scenes to watch.

Now, what to do next? Oh I know...