TNR Film Classics: 'Miracle on 34th Street' (June 2, 1947)
December 19, 2011

Last week I voiced a hope for morebright nonsense on the screen, and this week Miracle on 34th Street was previewed for early release. It is a charming film, in part about a budding romance between Macy’s and Gimbel’s, but mostly about Santa Claus. The old gentleman (named Kris Kringle) is completely real, though the state of New York tries in a fine, big, foolish trial to prove he doesn’t exist. The point, developed quite deftly, is that if a few maladjusted people were able to prove Kringle daffy enough to be committed, they would have to prove most of the world crazy along with him.

TNR Film Classic: 'A Sea of Grass' (1947)
April 14, 2011

I find my feeling for Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn is a mixture of personal respect and professional regret.