maureen-ohara-13-natalie-wood-1I believe… I believe… It’s silly, but I believe.”  On Thanksgiving, our editors eat turkey, watch football, pound pie, but we also always watch this 1947 classic – Miracle on 34th Street.  Last month we lost one of our all-time favorite tough girls, Maureen O’Hara.  In this film, she maureen-ohara-14stars as Doris Walker, mother to Susan (played by the late Natalie Wood), a smart and mature little girl who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus.  Doris is a no-nonsense Manhattan woman who works for Macy’s Department Store.  The movie opens on the Thanksgiving Day Parade (Fun Fact: The footage in the film was actually from the 1946 Macy’s Parade!  According to imdb.com, “retakes were obviously out of the question!”)  An older gentlemen who looks suspiciously like Kris Kringle and a handsome lawyer (played by John Payne) try to change the two Walker ladies’ minds about Santa Claus and the Christmas spirit.  It’s adorable, and much better than the horrible remake.  O’Hara sports some very sophisticated clothing in the film, but this little buttoned black dress with a matching white collar and cuffs is a particular favorite of ours.  Costume designer Kay Nelson outfitted the film, and did a wonderful job capturing an elegant NYC girl in the post-WWII era.  Maybe our editors love it so much, since it reminds us of our own mother, who appeared in the Macy’s Day Parade 30 years later. <3maureen-ohara-15-natalie-wood-2