Why “Miracle in 34th Street” is not on regular television this Christmas

“Why is it not the original Miracle at 34th Street on TV this year? We need to watch movies that offer hope. “

“Where is Miracle at 34th Street s Maureen O’Hara ?? ”

Many TVLine readers are looking for a 1947 classic A Christmas movie about a cheerful old man who could be a real Santa Claus. Alas, if you don’t subscribe to Disney +, you’ll probably only get coal.

As reported by Rob Owen of Trib Total Media, the original Miracle at 34th Street is not available on traditional TV this holiday season, as a result of the purchase of Walt Disney Co. 20th Century Fox (including the movie library). So it’s mostly the only place to find it and watch Disney +.

What is it worth, It is a wonderful life, as noted in our column What to Watch for Christmas Eve and in which Mary jokes that George is making “violent love” to her, airs tonight on NBC, while White Christmas is a marathon on Sundance until noon on Christmas.

Written (with Valentine Davies) and directed by George Seaton, in 1947 Miracle at 34th Street she played Maureen O’Hara as Doris Walker, the special events director for Macy’s department store in New York City who hires a kind old man from the street (Edmund Gwenn) when it turns out that her tenant Santa is drunk. Doris knows little, but her rented vacation home actually calls herself Kris Kringle, believing she is the real Santa. Kris is so convincing with his story, he even instills faith in Doris ’stupid daughter Susan (Natalie Wood). John Payne plays Doris’ love interest I love LucyWilliam Frawley is among other skeptics, as a local politician who advises a judge not to do bad things in a possible trial.

The film won three Oscars in 1948 (for screenplay, original story, and supporting actor Gwenn), while also nominating for Best Picture.

The 1994 remake starred Elizabeth Perkins, Richard Attenborough and Mara Wilson. It can be found on January 7, 2021 on HBO Signature East.