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Author Biography:Valentine Davies was born on August 25, 1905, in New York City. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1927 and attended drama school at Yale University. His work as a playwright was noticed by filmmakers; the proposed film adaptation of his Broadway musical Blow Ye the Winds brought him to Hollywood in the early 1940s. After writing the story Miracle on 34th Street, Davies wrote screenplays for the films It Happens Every Spring (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1949), The Glenn Miller Story (Universal, 1954), and Strategic Air Command (Paramount, 1955). He directed and wrote The Benny Goodman Story (Universal-International, 1956). Davies won an Academy Award for his original story for the film Miracle on 34th Street, andreceived several Academy Award nominations for subsequent films. He was nominated for Best Motion Picture Story for It Happens Every Spring; for Best Story and Screenplay for The Glenn Miller Story; and for Best Short Subjects Documentary for The House Without a Name (1956), which he produced.
Davies was a member of the Writers Guild of America, which since 1962 has presented the prestigious Valentine Davies Award to the member "whose contributions to the entertainment industry and the community-at-large [bring] dignity and honor to writers everywhere. " Honorees have included Norman Lear, Ray Bradbury, and Alan Alda.
At the time of his death in July 1961, at his home in Malibu, California, Davies was president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The lives of three people are changed by an old man who insists that he is Santa Claus.
Posted December 4, 2005
Posted December 1, 2013
One of the best Holiday classics ever. The book follows the 1947 movie plot. A thoroughly enjoyable read that will appeal to young and old alike. Well written. Well edited. Recommend to anyone who enjoys Christmas stories. It will make you believe in Santa Clause again.
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Posted August 27, 2012
Everyone who has ever seen the original 1947 movie Miracle on 34th
Street (we don’t like the remakes) knows the basic plot of this book.
Kris Kringle is an elderly gentleman who lives at the Maplewood Home for
the Aged in New York City, NY. When the Santa hired for Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day Parade shows up drunk, Doris Walker, the somewhat
frosty, divorced Personnel Director at Macy’s, hires Kris to take his
place, and Mr. Shellhammer, Head of the Toy Department, suggests that
she keep Kris for the permanent job of Santa at Macy’s Department Store
on 34th St., where he creates a lot of good will which even owner R. H.
Macy notices. Kris even affects Doris’s daughter, six-year-old
Susan, who has been brought up by her disillusioned mother to be as
matter-of-fact as herself, and their neighbor and Doris’s would-be
boyfriend Fred Gailey, a lawyer with whom Kris moves in. Everything is
going well until people begin to find out that Kris actually believes
that he is the real Santa Claus. So the Macy’s company psychologist,
Albert Sawyer, who dislikes Santa Claus anyway, decides to have Kris
committed to Bellevue insane asylum and does so secretly without Doris’s
knowledge. When he learns about it, Fred petitions for a court hearing
to decide Kris’s sanity and determines to have him declared sane. What
will happen in court? And how will Susan react? Of course, those who
have watched the film know the answer to those questions. Some
people have complained that this is a mere “novelization” of the movie.
Sometimes an existing book is made into a movie, and sometimes an
existing movie is “novelized” into a book. What happened in the case of
Miracle on 34th Street is not so clear. Author Valentine Davies
(1905-1961) was a Hollywood screenwriter, but if I understand it
correctly, he first wrote it in story form around 1944, then later
submitted it to Twentieth Century-Fox, where it was turned into a film.
It was decided to publish a book to coincide with the release of the
film, so Davies reworked his story, fleshing it out with material from
the screenplay. There are some noticeable differences between the movie
and the book, but the basic plot is the same. The only objectionable
items in the novel are one use of the “d” word, one appearance of the
term “Good Lord” as an interjection, and the fact that Fred smokes a
pipe. Otherwise, it is a really cute story.
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Posted April 20, 2015
Clint only had one friend, well ,compainon his grandpa passed away a few months ago.His compainoin was Jamie Hickerson who was about 13.He was living in Ohio but has many homes around the globe.Clint had just gotten past North Dakota into Canada.Clint was spending his summer with Jamie and his grandma he loved to advencure plus good mystires(*wink wink*).Clint walked into his canadan drive way for the first time.His grandma is a loyar and travels lots.War was in the chances with Arac.he loked around his jaw droped it was a 13 story mantion but inside it looked like a rats sewer with dustballs all around."Clint were gping to library"said grandma.clint jumped in the car.people honked alot like you were in India witch indeed honk their wheel like crazy.when they got to the library witch is in North Dakota and Canada he looked around after finding a hand full of books he looked at the line that seperated the countries when Clint noticed something thier was a crack in the wall.He peaked in he couldnt see anything.Then he went on looking on the shelve right next to it.he was about to take out a really small book he grabed it but it wouldnt barge but it opened a staircase and with curiousidy he went down before Jamie.Is jaw droped in shock.<p>
Posted December 28, 2014