Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street (11/30/09) TV-FMC (1973 **) Directed by Fielder Cook, starring Sebastian Cabot, Jane Alexander and David Hartman, with a supporting cast worth mentioning: Roddy McDowall, Jim Backus, James Gregory, Conrad Janis, David Doyle and Tom Bosley. A friendly old gent named Kris Kringle gets a job at Macy’s and goes on trial to prove he’s really the one and only Santa Claus. Make no mistake, this made-for-TV film was not the “good” 1947 version that starred Edmund Gwenn and Maureen O’Hara. But where else can you see David Doyle AND Tom Bosley in the same film? I have the vaguest memories of watching this borderline abomination when it was originally aired. Ripe for MST3K treatment, this film demonstrated why David Hartman’s acting career never quite took off as well as David Doyle’s impressive capacity for over-acting.

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