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  • For example, one of the best parts of the original is watching when mailbag after mailbag of letters are brought into the courthouse and hearing the reaction of the crowd

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      In 1973, television remade the marvelous Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street. For the TV version, Jane Alexander played Karen Walker, the Macy’s worker who organized and ran the annual parade; David Hartman starred as Bill Schaffner, the lawyer who falls for Karen and her daughter; and Suzanne Davidson attempted to fill the very big shoes of Natalie Wood as Susan Walker.

      The robust and jolly Sebastian Cabot played Kris Kringle with Roddy McDowell as the store psychiatrist, Henry Sawyer, who really needs to see a psychiatrist himself.

      David Doyle played the colorful and


      astute R. H. Macy with Tom Bosley as the judge who has to decide if Santa Claus is real or not.

      I had to name all of these stars because they are all brilliant, as his Jim Backus and James Gregory who also have important roles in the made-for-TV holiday movie.

      For the most part, this version of Miracle on 34th Street is right on. I had a great time watching it and was lost in the magic of Christmas as I watched it. They did make some changes to fit the times,


      • and I don’t really think they helped the picture. While changing Mrs. Walker’s first name from Doris to Karen might be understandable, other changes weren’t. For example, one of the best parts of the original is watching when mailbag after mailbag of letters are brought into the courthouse and hearing the reaction of the crowd. Well, in this version, there is no crowd. It’s been sealed. I think it loses some punch from that.

        While even the classic ending suffers from a small tweak of events, it still does

        have that magic. Santa’s cane is still a big part of the ending.

        Davidson really didn’t do much else as an actress. She was fine here, but I wonder what kind of pressure was put on her to be a Natalie Wood. Cabot made a great Santa, but no one can do what Edmund Gwenn did with the role. He was magic all by himself.

        That said, this remake of Miracle on 34th Street is very good. In fact, I put it ahead of the movie remake that was done several years later.




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