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Miracle on 34th Street Script

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I stumbled across this today and thought it would be fun to post here. Enjoy!

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Miracle on 34th Street Script

KRIS: You've got them mixed up. You're making a mistake. You're making a mistake with the reindeer.Tsk tsk tsk. Would you mind stepping out for a moment? Open the door!

STOREKEEPER: I'm sorry. The store isn't open today.

KRIS: I don't want to buy anything...and I'm sorry to interrupt your work...but I wanted to tell you you're making a serious mistake.

STOREKEEPER: Huh?

KRIS: With the reindeer, I mean. You've got Cupid where Blitzen should be. And Dasher should be on my right-hand side.

STOREKEEPER: He should, huh?

KRIS: Yes. And another thing...Donner's antlers have got four points instead of three. Still, I don't suppose anybody would notice except myself.

STOREKEEPER: No. I don't suppose so. Well, bye. Thanks.

KRIS: Not at all. Glad to have helped you. Bye. Yes.

[band playing "Jingle Bells"]

[singing] Jingle bells, jingle bells...

DORIS: You're on float number three. You're on the Pilgrim float. You're on the pirate float. You follow the van.

SHELLHAMMER: Mrs. Walker, something's got to be done. That three-men-in-a-tub float isn't big enough. We can get the butcher and the baker...

DORIS: I'm awfully sorry...but I've got enough to do to take care of the people.

SHELLHAMMER: I was hoping you could... George!

KRIS: I beg your pardon, sir. You seem to have got mixed up with this whip of yours. Allow me, will you? It's quite simple, really. You don't mind if I show you?

DRUNK: No, sir.

KRIS: Now, then. See? It's all in the wrist.

DRUNK: Is that so?

KRIS: Yes, of course. If you follow through.

DRUNK: Is that so?

KRIS: It's just like throwing a ball. If you were to... [sniffs] You've been drinking.

DRUNK: Well, it's cold. A man's got to do something to keep warm.

KRIS: You ought to be ashamed of yourself. Don't you realize there are thousands of children...lining the streets waiting to see you...children who have been dreaming of this moment for weeks? You're a disgrace to the tradition of Christmas...and I refuse to have you malign me in this fashion. Disgusting.

KRIS: Tell me, who's in charge of this parade?

MAN: When you find out, tell me. These pants are gonna fall off in Columbus Circle.

KRIS: I beg your pardon. Who's in charge here?

GIRL: Mrs. Walker. There she is, down there.

KRIS: Thank you.

GIRL: You're welcome.

DORIS: You two ought to be over on first Street.

KRIS: Mrs. Walker, one of the men in your parade...

DORIS: What are you doing out of costume? Get back and get dressed... Oh, I'm terribly sorry. I thought you were our Santa Claus.

KRIS: Your Santa Claus is intoxicated.

DORIS: Oh, no!

KRIS: Yes. It's disgraceful. How can you allow a man to get into such a position?

DRUNK:[singing] Jingle bells, jingle bells...

DORIS: Stop that! What do you mean by drinking? You know it's not allowed.

DRUNK: A man's got to do something to keep warm.

KRIS: I'll warm you. I ought to take this cane...

DORIS: Somebody, Julian, get some black coffee...plenty of it, too.

JULIAN: Yes, Mrs. Walker.

DRUNK: Black with a little cream. Wake me up when the parade starts. [singing] Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way...

KRIS: Shameful! Absolutely shameful!

DORIS: Could you be Santa Claus? Have you had any experience?

KRIS: Oh, a little.

DORIS: Oh, please. You've got to help me out.

KRIS: Madam! I am not in the habit of substituting...for spurious Santa Clauses.

DORIS: Oh, please.

KRIS: No, I...Well, the children mustn't be disappointed. All right, I'll do it.

< READ THE FULL SCRIPT >

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Santa Johnny Boy

Great job Santa Rielly, thanks for posting this link!

I base a lot of my Santa persona on Edmund Gwenn's performance. I like being able to quote passages from the movie whenever the situation warrants. It was a big hit at the Macy's that I worked this past season.

One thing I have yet to master is Edmund Gwenn's accent.

My friend Jim is an ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist). He entertains, sings and dresses like Elvis in local nightclubs. He can sit down and have an entire conversation with you as Elvis with all his accents and manners of speech. Or he can talk to you as Jim, which is completely different.

He was able to do this by watching and listening to hours of Elvis movies and interviews, until he was able to pick-up the finer points of Elvis' speech.

I've studied "Miracle" many times to learn Gwenn's facial expressions, walk and hand movements. My next project is to learn more of his speech, and hopefully be able to ad-lib as him.

And hope that people don't think that I'm insane!

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Michael Rielly
Great job Santa Rielly, thanks for posting this link!

I base a lot of my Santa persona on Edmund Gwenn's performance. I like being able to quote passages from the movie whenever the situation warrants. It was a big hit at the Macy's that I worked this past season.

One thing I have yet to master is Edmund Gwenn's accent.

My friend Jim is an ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist). He entertains, sings and dresses like Elvis in local nightclubs. He can sit down and have an entire conversation with you as Elvis with all his accents and manners of speech. Or he can talk to you as Jim, which is completely different.

He was able to do this by watching and listening to hours of Elvis movies and interviews, until he was able to pick-up the finer points of Elvis' speech.

I've studied "Miracle" many times to learn Gwenn's facial expressions, walk and hand movements. My next project is to learn more of his speech, and hopefully be able to ad-lib as him.

And hope that people don't think that I'm insane!

Ha! That's funny! I've done the same thing. I try to use quotes from the movie whenever possible as well! I change my voice a bit too. I've tried to work in a little Edmund Gwenn into my inflection.

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When I was 12 I checked the "Miracle on 34th Street" book out of the library at my junior high. I pretty nearly memorized the book. I still have a copy I came by very shortly there after. The book only had one or two extra scenes in it that were not in the movie. Valentine Davies, came up with the original story, co-wrote the screen play with the director, and wrote the book from the screenplay. I don't think it was a cooincidence that the next Christmas I bought my first Santa suit. BTW the "Christmas is not just a day, but a frame of mind..." Davies lifted from Calvin Coolidge of all people!

Chris

Claus with a Cause

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Santa David 2525

Thank you Santa Rielly, for posting this link! When my doctor asked me if I'd ever considerd being Santa Claus It was the "Miracle on 34th Street" I thought of and Edmund Gwenn's wonderful performance. Years before I donned the Red Suit I liked to do my shopping on December 24, walking the malls, talking nicely to the over worked sales people, and smiling at tired children waiting in line. Their reaction when they saw my beard and cap was priceless. I'd wink and motion to be quiet. It was our little secret. I guess the Santa was always inside trying to get out.

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Santa Johnny Boy

I downloaded the 1948 Lux Radio performance of "Miracle on 34th Street" from Fictionwise.com. It features Maureen O'Hara, John Payne and Edmund Gwenn reprising their original movie roles in this one hour radio show. Great adaptation, it's fun to hear some of the changes that were made to accomodate radio. I've been listening to it on my car stereo.

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Michael Rielly

*bump*

I started going through a few old posts from last year and came across this gem. I am bumping these and others up to the top for some of our new folks to find.

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