Pia Zadora

Christmas ‘Miracle’ arrived early in 1947

Christmas ‘Miracle’ arrived early in 1947

The film studio 20th Century Fox made no effort to capitalize on the original release of “Miracle On 34th Street,” the film that endures as a classic holiday favorite.

The movie had its Baltimore premiere in mid-June, 1947, at Lexington Street’s New Theatre, just as the temperatures hit 93 with plenty of rain and humidity.

The time of the year was not lost on the critics.

The Sun’s Donald Kirkley praised “Miracle” but called it a “poor example of timing.” Speaking of a youthful Natalie Wood, he said, “Little Natalie is sweet, clever and natural and never seems to be acting.”

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