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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Friday, May 13, 2011


Edmund Gwenn

EDMUND GWENN (1875-1959), born Edmund Kellaway, was kicked out of the house at seventeen for wanting to be an actor. He went from stage to screen and was the only actor to ever win an Oscar for playing Santa Claus.

Miracle on 34th St.Haven't you seen Miracle on 34th Street (1947)? Is Edmund Gwenn portraying the real Santa Claus? I personally believe he is.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Apartment for Peggy (1948) Jeanne Crain and William Holden star as newlyweds looking for college housing and Crain finds it available in the home of a crotchety old professor played by Gwenn against his better judgement.
Mister 880 (1950) Saw this film originally because of Burt Lancaster and then was immediately endeared to Edmund Gwenn. Dorothy McGuire is also wonderful in this film.
Sally and St. Anne (1952) Edmund Gwenn plays "Grandpa" to Ann Blyth in this lovely film about the daughter of a screwball Irish Catholic family who finds prayers get answered asking St. Anne for help.
Pride and Prejudice (1940) Edmund Gwenn plays Mr. Bennett, who has to be one of my favorite characters of this story.

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Wed, May 23 2001 / 11:31:00 PST

Academy Awards®
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1947 Won Best Actor in a Supporting Role: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
1950 Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: MISTER 880