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Miracle on 34th Street Fun Features

This is the section for all our "FUN" Miracle on 34th Street information - please enjoy!

Did You Know?

… that Darryl F. Zanuck hated this story and only agreed to make the movie if director George Seaton would agree to accept his next movie assignment without any complaint. That movie would be The Shocking Miss Pilgrim starring Betty Grable and Dick Haymes (and a very young and uncredited Marilyn Monroe.) Visit our Tribute to Marilyn Monroe.

... even after Miracle on 34th Street was completed the studio boss' were underwhelmed to say they least and released it in June. Despite all of this, the movie was a hit with 1947 audiences and went on to become one of the most famous Christmas-time classics.

… In November 1986, Miracle on 34th Street was the first colorized movie to be shown on TV.

... First we are going to point out a mistake in the movie so that you do not believe Kris Kringle when he tells you who was Vice President under John Quincy Adam. You may believe that he is Kris Kringle but do not believe him when he answers Daniel D. Tompkins. That is not the correct answer. John C. Calhoun is the correct answer.

... We need to point out one more little inaccuracy in Miracle on 34th Street. The founder of Macy's department store is featured as a character in the movie. However the real R. H. Macy died in 1877.

... There have been four other versions of Miracle on 34th Street. First one TV adaptation in 1955 and then another in 1959. In 1973 there was a television movie and then in 1994 there was a new movie version (pictured here). By then Gimbels was out of business and Macy's would not give approval to use their name so the two department store rivals became Cole's and Shopper's Express. Natalie Wood's role as little Susan Walker was played by Mara Wilson

... We know what happened to Natalie Wood but where is Mara Wilson? She's 21 now and attending NYU theater school and she just performed in a one woman show called Weren't You That Girl.

... There is a scene in Miracle on 34th Street where Santa talks to a little Dutch girl. The dialogue is not translated in the movie so you may be wondering what were Santa and the little Dutch girl saying. Leave it to us at Destination Hollywood to take a quick course in Dutch so we could tell you what they said.

    Santa: I am happy you came!
    Child: Ooh you ARE Sinterklaas!
    Santa: Wlll yes of course
    Child: I knew it, I knew you would understand me.
    Santa: Of couse, tell me what you would like to get from Sinterklaas
    (Missing from this clip is when she answers him ) I don't want anything, I already have everything, I just want to stay with this lovely lady---
    Santa: Do you want to sing something for me?
    Child: SaintNicolas Little Rascal,
    Put something in my little shoe,
    Put something in my little boot,
    Thank you little SaintNicolas!
    SaintNicolas Little Rascal
    Put something in my little shoe,
    Put something in my little boot,
    Thank you little SaintNicolas!

... Miracle on 34th Street was turned into a Broadway musical named Here' s Love in 1963.

... It's been reported that the house Kris Kringle finds for Natalie Wood at the end of the movie is located at 24 Derby Road Port Washington, New York. If you happen to be driving by send us a picture.

... The scenes in the movie at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade were filmed at the real parade in 1946. Today the parade is still as popular as ever and there is a lively website for you to check out and if you are a marching band you can apply to march. Although there is a history of the parade there is no mention of its famous movie appearance.

... Finally we have to answer the question: Where do letters written to Santa Claus really go? Let us tell you about Operation Santa Claus. It began in the 1920's when postal employees chipped in their own money to answer the wishes of children who sent letters to Santa. Today anyone can contact their post office to see if they are participating in the program and pick up a letter or two and make a child's dream come true. Next Christmas we are going to watch Miracle on 34th Street and then we are going to head down to the post office and answer a Santa letter! You should too.

Miracle on 34th Street On Location

The "Real" Macy's Department Store
Many of the scenes from The Miracle on 34th Street were filmed at the famous shopping meca - Macy's. If you'd like to find your own miracle --- here's the address:

151 W. 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Natalie Wood is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.

Natalie Wood Prints
Mann's Chinese Theater

6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find the stars of celebs Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne and William Frawley:

Natalie Wood
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Maureen O'Hara
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

7004 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

John Payne
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

6125 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

John Payne
Walk of Fame Star

6687 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

William Frawley
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

6322 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

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Miracle on 34th Street

Kris Kringle ( Edmund Gwenn ):

"Now you've heard of the French nation and the British nation. Well this is the imagination."

What does Santa do with his bonus from Macy's?