An Audio Archive special feature presentation of one of the greatest and most beloved Christmas stories:
Miracle on 34th Street, starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, and John Payne. This is a classic movie condensed and performed live as a one-hour radio play by The Lux Radio Theater in 1948. In the words of Lux Theater producer William Keely, "It's wrapped in a gay covering of laughter, tied with a bright ribbon of good humor, and decorated with the three sparkling stars of the 20th Century Fox picture."
Miracle on 34th Street is the story of what takes place in New York City following Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as a single mother and her daughter, a lawyer, and many others are left wondering whether a department-store Santa is simply a nice old man with a big heart and a big white beard or if he is, in fact, the real Kris Kringle!
The 1947 film included the introduction of then child actress Natalie Wood. When Lux produced their Miracle on 34th Street little Natalie was unavailable to play her original part for the radio, but Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, and most importantly, Edmund Gwenn were all on hand to recreate their film roles for the microphones of the CBS Radio network and a nation of rapt radio listeners.
The Audio Archive presentation of Lux Radio Theater's Miracle on 34th Street is presented in it's entirety, including nostalgic Lux soap commercials (and instructions for using Lux soap flakes as snow for your Christmas tree!) and is preceded by a short introduction by host and old time radio fan and aficionado Bill Mills.
Miracle On 34th Street
Very nicely done and in keeping with the high quality of radio production of the day.Still a joy to hear and relax too.As a young boy I listened to all the radio shows my folks would let me listen too.As Archie would sing those were the days!