5 Surprising Facts about Miracle on 34th Street

It’s the story of a department store Santa who claims to be the real thing. Miracle on 34th Street has become a perennial Christmas favorite since its 1947 release, and it won four Oscars and a Best Picture nomination. If you grew up watching the movie, you probably know most of it by heart. But there may still be some surprises in store, like these five facts, according to IMDB.

The movie was released in May of 1947

The studio head insisted on a May release because more people went to the movies then. Original promotions for the movie attempted to hide the fact that it was a Christmas movie.

Some viewers were scandalized


The movie was deemed “morally objectionable in part” by the Legion of Decency because Maureen O’Hara played a divorcée.

Natalie Wood thought Edmund Gwenn really was Santa Claus


According to her biographer, during the shoot the young actress was convinced that Edmund Gwenn was actually Santa Claus. It wasn’t until Wood saw him out of costume at the wrap party that she realized he wasn’t Santa.

It was so cold during the shooting of some scenes that the cameras literally froze

Maureen O’Hara remembered that a woman who lived across the street from where they were shooting exteriors allowed the crew to warm up in her house.

It also exists as a radio play, with much of the original cast

“Lux Radio Theater” broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 22, 1947 with Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwenn, John Payne and Natalie Wood reprising their film roles. You can listen to it right here!