Celebrate Christmas with a very special retro screening of Miracle on 34th Street (1947) at Dendy Opera Quays on Monday, December 18th (2017) at 10am and again at 6:30pm. Christmas Pudding and drink on arrival!
In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.
The film stars Maureen O’Hara as Doris Walker, a pragmatic single mother who initially has doubts about Kris Kringle’s authenticity, but eventually comes to believe in him. Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, delivering an earnest and heartwarming performance as the lovable and jolly old man who spreads joy and happiness wherever he goes.
The film also features a young Natalie Wood as Susan Walker, Doris’ skeptical daughter who learns to believe in the magic of Christmas through her interactions with Kris Kringle. The story unfolds as Kris Kringle’s belief in himself as Santa Claus and his ability to perform seemingly miraculous deeds are put to the test in a courtroom trial that gives rise to the question of whether Santa Claus truly exists.
“Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s a frame of mind.” – Kris Kringle