We’ve reached the top five Christmas movies of all time. I bet you’ve all been anxiously awaiting for this since the moment we started the countdown. Um sure…actually its been nice to hear the feedback (positive) about the countdown. I should’ve sold the publishing rights to some rich newspaper inEverett, is it too late?
Anyway, I’ve decided to skip the “My take on the film” portion of the summary, instead choosing to write about the film here!
Our next movie landed on just 51-percent of the ballots but had an average ranking of 6.6, which was the fourth highest of the top 12.
Our No. 5 movie is one of the best at getting us into the Christmas Spirt. Poor Kris Kringle (Santa Clause) is put on trial, nobody believes he’s the real deal and Kris is left trying to prove to everyone that he’s really Santa Claus. A movie that’s all about believing in the spirt of Christmas, and Santa Claus (it took me 15 years to find out he wasn’t real!), I give you…
No. 5 – Miracle on34th Street(1947)
Directed by: George Seaton. Starring: Natalie Wood, Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwenn.
Total Points: 125. Highest Rank No. 1 – twice. Named on 19 ballots (51-percent) with an average ranking of 6.6. Not ranked on Kevy’s ballot.
Tagline: Capture the spirit of Christmas with this timeless classic!
Memorable Quote: Fred Gailey: Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don’t you see? It’s not just Kris that’s on trial, it’s everything he stands for. It’s kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles.
“The reason I like this movie is because it had Natalie Wood in it and she is close to my age so I kind of related to her a bit. Of course I like family movies and thought it was touching how Santa Claus changed everyones thoughts to believe and be more caring. You might say it touched my heart and does each time I see it,” says my wonderful Grandma.
Fun facts about the film: Despite the fact that the film is set during Christmas, studio head Darryl F. Zanuck insisted that it be released in May because he argued that more people went to the movies during the summer. So the studio began scrambling to promote it while keeping the fact that it was a Christmas movie a secret. Check out the non-Christmas original movie poster.