Miracle on 34th Street


Released in 1947 by 20th Century Fox, this holiday favorite introduced a modern twist on the story of Santa Claus with a department store rivalry serving as the backdrop for a skeptical mother and daugther's awakening to the real meaning of the season. The film went on to win three Academy Awards and has since become a TV and theatrical favorite, inspiring later versions including radio productions, remakes for the big and small screens, and even a stage production. Now with rare gems from the Margaret Herrick Library including the collection of writer Valentine Davies, discover the story behind the making of a cinematic yuletide favorite.

Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle
Writers George Seaton and Valentine Davies
This Is The Time
Natalie Wood and John Payne
Edmund Gwenn's beard
Behind the scenes
the Production Code
Lyrics to the song
Behind the scenes
Natalie Wood and Santa
Christmas in May?
A letter to Valentine
Gift-wrapped novel
Backstage at the Oscars
Congrats from ZanuckAn
An Academy Invite