(Original Caption) USA: Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) passes out candy to the kids at Macy's where he plays Santa Claus. Miracle On 34th street, a 20th century Fox Production.
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The 12 Best Santa Clauses In Movies, Ranked
12. John Call
"Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" is a terrible movie with a paper-thin plot and terrible production design, but John Call's Santa Claus is one of the few things in the film that actually works. He seems to have stepped straight out of a Coca-Cola commercial; his laughs are hearty, his cheeks rosy, and his beard is snowy white.
11. Stan Francis
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is mainly about the shiny-nosed deer's adventure, so Santa Claus (Stan Francis) doesn't have all that much to do in this beloved TV special. However, Francis' Santa finds a place on this list thanks to his musical number, as he sings a particularly underrated ditty called "Jingle Jingle Jingle."
10. James Cosmo
James Cosmo's Santa appears in only one scene of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe," but his Father Christmas is important to the story for a couple of reasons. First, his appearance indicates that the powers of the White Witch are waning, and second, his gifts to Pevensie children come in handy as the film continues.
9. Jeff Gillen
"A Christmas Story" is essentially a series of holiday-themed vignettes about everything from trouble with bullies to Christmas morning embarrassments; fittingly, one of the most memorable sequences includes one of cinema's most memorable Santa Clauses. Unlike most movie Santas, Jeff Gillen's version isn't jolly — he is miserable and snarls at kids.
8. Alec Baldwin
The Santa who appears in "Rise of the Guardians" is a unique one, as Alec Baldwin gives him a Russian accent — plus, he's tattooed, with his forearms bearing the words "naughty" and "nice." He isn't afraid to fight off the bad guys, sometimes even wielding two swords at once, but he's also a big softie.