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Moxie Flix: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

After a divorced New York mother hires a nice old man to play Santa Claus at Macy's, she is startled by his claim to be the genuine article. When his sanity is questioned, a lawyer defends him in court by arguing that he's not mistaken. (NR, 96 min.)


Saturday, December 9, 2023

12:00 PM

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13. This series was made possible by a grant from the Missouri Arts Council and the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Synopsis: 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.

Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne
Director: George Seaton
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Family

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

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"A Christmas season evergreen."

— Michael Wilmington, Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

"Classic holiday movie for the whole family."

— Nell Minow, Nell Minow Common Sense Media

"Miracle on 34th Street is the gift that keeps on giving."

— Sara Michelle Fetters,

"It is light, it is charming, it is delightfully funny and completely captivating. It is all that, and something more."

— Kate Cameron, New York Daily News

"A clever and deeply original story, that remains true and confident in direction, while delivering considerable charm all the while."

— Almar Haflidason,