Family Movie Night – Miracle on 34th Street

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xmas-movie_webslideMovie lovers of all ages can recapture the magic of the holiday season at Huntington City-Township Public Library’s upcoming Family Movie Night, featuring the perennial Christmas favorite, Miracle on 34th Street.   The feature will begin promptly at 5pm on Wednesday, December 18, at the HCTPL Main Library, 255 West Park Drive.  Christmas cookies will be provided, but bring a beverage and a bean bag chair or other comfortable seating if you wish.  Registration is requested but not required – call the Main Library at 260-356-0824 to reserve your place.  Children ages 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling to attend.  This film is rated PG – parental guidance suggested.

About the book and the movie, Miracle on 34th Street

375108Many books inspire the making of movies, but the idea that became the “story” for the film Miracle on 34th Street didn’t actually become a book until well after filming was underway.  Valentine Davies wrote the original “story” as a basis for the planned film, and then later expanded the story into a 120-page novella, published in conjunction with the movie’s premiere.  The inspiration for the story, about a disillusioned woman, her skeptical daughter and a mysterious man who believes he is the real Santa Claus, came when Valentine Davies was standing in line at a big department store during the Christmas season.

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Movie Synopsis, adapted from the Hal Erickson summary on the NY Times website:  http://www.nytimes.com/movies/movie/32831/Miracle-on-34th-Street/overview

 Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, who’s the living image of Santa Claus. Serving as a last-minute replacement for the drunken Santa who was to have led Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Kringle is offered a job as a Macy’s toy-department Santa. World-weary Macy’s supervisor Maureen O’Hara soon has doubts about hiring Kris: it’s bad enough that h thinks he’s the genuine Saint Nick; but when he begins advising customers to shop elsewhere for toys that they can’t find at Macy’s, he’s gone too far! Amazingly, Mr. Macy (Harry Antrim) considers Kris’ shopping tips to be an excellent customer-service “gimmick,” and insists that the old fellow keep his job. A resident of a Long Island retirement home, Kris agrees to stay with lawyer John Payne during the Christmas season. Payne is sweet on O’Hara, and Kris hopes he can bring the two together. Kris also wants to win over divorced O’Hara’s little daughter Natalie Wood, who has lost a lot of the Christmas spirit. Complications ensue when Porter Hall, Macy’s nasty in-house psychologist, arranges to have Kris locked up as a lunatic. Payne represents Kris at his sanity hearing, rocking the New York judicial system to its foundations by attempting to prove in court that Kris is, indeed, the real Santa Claus! 

 

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