Your Daily Dose of Christmas!

Hey, it’s morning and I’m getting the Daily Dose out! See, I told you I’d get on track with this.

In 1994, a remake of the 1947 classic movie Miracle on 34th Street came out. If I recall correctly, it did OK and then mostly disappeared. I’m sure it’s streaming someplace and is beloved by a few, but like most remakes it does not seem to have supplanted the original in any way. [ASIDE: Hmmm, it now occurs to me that I quite literally have not seen the original since a day in 2nd or 3rd grade when I walked in on my mother watching it on teevee and decided to stick around.] The remake stars Richard Attenborough as the is-he-or-isn’t-he department-store Santa, and Mara Wilson as the cute-as-a-button kid who makes wishes.

While I haven’t seen that movie, I have heard quite a bit of the movie’s score, written by Bruce Broughton. Broughton is a composer who wrote quite a few really really good filmscores in the 80s and 90s; film music fans tend to view his work on Silverado, Young Sherlock Holmes, The Rescuers Down Under, and Tombstone as particularly fine scores. Broughton’s work is often redolent of the scoring styles of older composers from film music’s so-called “Golden Age”, and it’s just really good stuff, a lot of the time. I’m not sure why Broughton never really “broke through”, but he has enjoyed a long and productive career and he has produced a lot of fine music…which includes his work on the Miracle on 34th Street remake.

Here is a suite of Broughton’s music from that film. Enjoy!


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One Response to Your Daily Dose of Christmas!

  1. fillyjonk says:

    My main association with Miracle on 34th Street is watching it Thanksgiving Day after the Macy’s Parade. I’m pretty sure NBC showed it at least a couple years in the 1970s – I remember being at my paternal grandmother’s for Thanksgiving when I was about 8 or 10 and all of us sitting around the television watching it, and my dad pointing out Kris Kringle’s cane at the very ending.

    I guess the dog show has replaced it, which, is a worthy show, but I miss being able to see it (And I really prefer the 1947 version, because that’s the one I grew up seeing. I always cry a little at the bit with the Dutch war orphan, which I guess was translated to a Deaf girl with whom Kris can communicate in ASL in the remake…..)

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