The producer and director-scripter combination that made Miracle on 34th Street an entertaining study of human behavior, has repeated with Peggy. As a team, William Perlberg and George Seaton sell the human interest with just the right amount of believeable hokum and heartstring tugs, and the cast plays it to the hilt.
Jeanne Crain is perfect casting for the young wife of William Holden, veteran studying under the GI bill. She gives the role a thoroughly believeable reading that comes off big and Holden’s work matches. Miracle’s Santa Claus, Edmund Gwenn, completes the star trio, socking over his professor of philosophy role with such deft understanding it’s a joy to watch.
Seaton endows his script [from a story by Faith Baldwin] with modern dialog and quails not from using everyday expressions that usually are skirted in pictures. Crain is pregnant, and says so. Dialog also has something to point up on postwar conditions for GIs, and says it lucidly without preaching. The same goes for ignorance as the fount of trouble – personal or world – but the writing never mounts a soapbox to make its points, remembering always its entertainment aims.