Directed by George Seaton. With Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart. When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
Miracle on 34th Street (in the United Kingdom first released as The Big Heart) is a 1947 Christmas film written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. It stars Maureen O'Hara, John Payne,Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. The story takes place between Thanksgiving Day andChristmas Day in New York City, and focuses on the impact of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa.