Holiday Favorites for Friday Night Films

Dec 01, 2018
Edmund Gwenn's Kris Kringle has his work cut out for him with young Natalie Wood and Maureen O'Hara's disbelieving mother and daughter in "Miracle on 34th Street."

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents a weekly Friday Night Film series. Screenings are at 6:30 p.m. at the library, located in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. Admission is free. Parking and handicap access are in rear of the building.

December’s series is dubbed Holiday Favorites and opens Dec. 7 with the original “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947, USA). When the Thanksgiving Day parade Santa falls down drunk, reluctant Macy's supervisor Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara) offers the job to a bearded Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar) who purports to be the real Santa Claus. During the Christmas season, he shares a flat with Doris' neighbor (John Payne), who has eyes for Doris. Kris hopes to unite the two while winning over Doris's skeptical 6-year-old daughter (Natalie Wood). The nonrated film runs 96 minutes.

Upcoming Holiday Favorites are: Dec. 14, “White Christmas” (1954, USA); Dec. 21, “It's a Wonderful Life” (1946, USA); and Dec. 28, “Joyeux Noel” (2005, France/Germany/UK/Belgium/Romania/Norway/Japan/USA).

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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