This classic tale of faith and belief in miracles begins at the Macy's department store Thanksgiving day parade, where the actor playing Santa Claus is fired for drinking on the job. Doris Walker, the Street and straightforward events director, persuades a whiskered old man to take his place.
The new Santa becomes a big hit, but doubts arise when people learn that he calls himself Kris Kringle and believes himself to be truly Santa Claus. Is he a mentally-unstable man with grand delusions? Or, is it just possible that miracles can and do happen even in our cynical and materialistic world?
Did you know?
Unbeknownst to most parade watchers, Edmund Gwenn played Santa Claus in the actual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade held November 28, 1946. He fulfilled the duties of most parade Santas, including addressing the crowd from the marquee of Macy's after the parade was over. He was introduced to the crowd by actor Philip Tonge (he played Mr. Shellhammer in the movie) and he later unveiled the mechanical Christmas display windows to the accompaniment of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite." This gesture symbolized the opening of the Christmas shopping season at the store. Read More