Sunday, December 7, 2014

Miracle On 34th Street (1947)–episode 13

All text in brown are quotations from the script which can located at the following address - http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk


Tommy Mara Jr. has just come to the stand, and after some questions from Judge Harper is allowed to testify. Tommy’s innocent answers causes the public gallery to dissolve into a mild state of hysteria. His answers also do a very good job of torpedoing his father case.

Fred first asks if he believes in Santa Claus.  Tommy answers the question in a manner befitting a boy of his tender years “Sure I do”. Fred then asks him if he knows what Santa looks like. Tommy leans out of the witness box and points at Kris. Fred now asks why he’s so sure that Kris is Santa Claus. His response is priceless. “Because my daddy told me so. Didn’t you, Daddy?”.137. my daddy told me so

                                         “ Because my daddy told me so

Mr. Mara is proud that his son is so honest, but he’s not very pleased at what his sons honesty is doing to his case. Fred asks Tommy if he believes his father, commenting that “he is a very honest man”. “Of course he is. My daddy wouldn’t tell me anything that wasn’t so. Would you, Daddy?”. The people in the public gallery can’t take it any longer and burst out laughing. Tommy has been very honest and at the same time has caused an unusual amount of laughter. But his father isn’t feeling too well.

138a. I need a vacation

Mr. Mara does something most unexpected “Your Honor, the state of New York concedes the existence of Santa Claus. I request that Mr. Gailey now submit authoritative proof that Mr. Kringle is the one-and-only Santa Claus”. Judge Harper is forced to agree with Mr. Mara. When Fred can’t the produce the evidence the court requests he asks for an adjournment. Judge Harper grants the request till the following day.

139. But I've got a feeling he is Santa Claus mother

When Doris arrives home she tries to explain to Susan what is going on. “They’re having a trial about him. It’s just because he says he’s Santa Claus”. Susan is not so matter of fact anymore. She’s changed. “I’ve got a feeling he is Santa Claus”. Susan adds “he’s so kind and nice and jolly. He’s not like anyone else. He must be Santa”. Doris mentions that the case is not going as well as it could, and he’s unhappy. Susan decides to write him a letter to cheer him up. In it she says she believes in Kris is Santa. Doris adds “I believe in you too”.

140. Susans letter which Doris also signs

After Doris mails the letter it ends up in front of a mail sorter named Al. He mentions to another mail sorter named Lou that this letter is different from some most of them. “I seen them write to Santa Claus...North Pole, South Pole, and every other place. This kid writes “Kris Kringle, New York County Courthouse.” Lou explains things to Al “They got him on trial there. He claims he’s Santa Claus, and the D.A. claims he’s nuts. Read it for yourself. Right on the front page”. Al reads the newspaper Lou left then asks about all the letters addressed to Santa that are in the dead letter office. “Hey, Lou, how many Santa Claus letters we got at the dead-letter office?”. Lou estimates there are thousands of letters in hundreds of bags. “Hey, Lou. It’d be nice to get rid of them, huh?”. Lou wonders what Al is thinking then clues in “Hey, that’s a wonderful idea!”. Al tells Lou what to do “Why should we be bothered with all that stuff? Why not get some trucks? Big ones right away. Load them with Santa Claus mail and deliver it to Mr. Kringle at the courthouse. Let somebody else worry about it, huh?”. Al is so proud of himself he starts singing “Jingle Bells”.  “Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way...”.142. Hey Lou how many letters do we have in the dead letter office

(Tom’s Trivia- Jack Albertson (Chico and The Man, The Poseidon Adventure) play Al (This was only his third film). Jack is on the right in this screen capture)

As Kris reads the letter from Susan and Doris his spirits soar. As Kris reads a court Bailiff approaches Fred and informs him of the mail bags now in the hall. Fred goes to inspect and discovers twenty-one bags of mail all addressed to Kris. Fred takes three letters and puts them inside his jacket. Mr. Mara requests that Judge Harper sign the commitment papers so everybody will be with their families on Christmas Eve. Fred strides to the front of the courtroom and starts reciting information about the United States Postal Service. Mr. Mara is getting a little impatient to get some last minute shopping done “We’re all gratified to know the Post Office is doing nicely, but it hardly has any bearing on this case”. The judge allows Fred to continue much to his opponents chagrin. “United States postal laws and regulations make it a criminal offense to willfully misdirect mail or intentionally deliver it
to the wrong party. Consequently, the Department uses every possible precaution
”. Mr. Mara is now getting really impatient. So much so he makes a rather substantial error. He agrees with Fred for the record. Fred then pulls the three letters from his jacket and offers them as evidence. Mr. Mara is far from amused. “Uh, three letters are hardly positive proof. I understand the Post Office receives thousands of these”. Fred says he has more exhibits but is somewhat reluctant to show them. Judge Harper now gets a bit impatient. He wants to get this case dealt with. He tells Fred to put the exhibits on his desk. Fred tries to tell the judge what’s involved, but the judge will have none of it. “Put them here on the desk. Put them here”. Fred turns toward the bailiff and signals him with his hand.

148. Bring in the mail bags

At the back of the courtroom the doors open and court officers carry, drag, haul in twenty-one gigantic canvas bags – each one containing hundreds of letters addressed to Santa Claus. According to the judges orders each bag is emptied on top of Judge Harpers desk, and consequently on top of the judge. As the judge wades through the avalanche of mail on his desk Fred makes his point. “Your Honor, every one of these letters is addressed to Santa Claus. The Post Office has delivered them. Therefore, the Post Office, a branch of the federal government, recognizes this man, Kris Kringle,to be the one-and-only Santa Claus!”. The judge eyes Charlie Halloran who gives an approving look. With thousands of letters on top of him the judge says “Since the United States government declares this man to be Santa Claus, this court will not dispute it. Case dismissed!”. With those words the courtroom bursts into an uproar.

152. Case Dismissed

 Case dismissed!

Kris hugs Fred. And when the pats on the back subside he wishes Judge Harper a merry Christmas who wishes Kris a merry Christmas. Kris waits outside the courthouse to thank Doris for her letter, and that it made him very happy. Kris invites Doris and Susan to Brooks Memorial “We’re having a big Christmas party at the Brooks Home tomorrow morning. Breakfast, a beautiful tree. I’d like to have you and Susan”. Doris invites Kris to dinner but he declines as it is Christmas Eve.


The following day is Christmas Day. Kris is dressed in his Santa suit. He’s greeting people as they arrive at the Brooks home. Fred, Doris, Susan, a lot of people from Macys, and Mr. Macy are at the home for Christmas party. When he arrives Kris introduces Alfred as his assistant. When Mr. Macy shakes Alfred’s hand he is astonished Mr. Macy even acknowledged his existence. When Dr. Pierce arrives he sees the new x-ray equipment and walks over to it. Kris is beside him. “Kris, all I can say is the state supreme court declared you to be Santa Claus, and personally and professionally I agree with them”. As soon as

155. Dr. Pierce inspects the new x-ray equipment

Susan gets in the room and runs for the tree, inspecting every present under it. Not finding what she was looking for she moves close to her mother. “But there are lots of presents there for you”. But Susan says the present she wanted isn’t there. Doris asks her what she hoped to find. “It doesn’t matter. I didn’t get it. I knew it wouldn’t be here, but I thought there’d be a letter”. Kris sees the disappointment on her face and moves close to her. “I don’t suppose

157. I don't suppose you want to talk to me

 you even want to talk to me” he says. Kris tries to explain but is interrupted by Susan “You couldn’t get it because you’re not Santa. You’re just a nice old man with whiskers like my mother said, and I shouldn’t have believed you”. Hearing this Doris turns Susan around and looks her right in the eye “I was wrong when I told you that. You must believe in Mr. Kringle and keep right on doing it. You must have faith in him”. Not quite sure what her mother is talking about Susan expresses her confusion. Doris tries to explain it in different terms. “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to”. Susan still isn’t sure what her mother is talking about. She tries again “Just because things don’t turn out the way you want them to the first time, you’ve still got to believe in people. I found that out”. Susan compares it to “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”.

When the party ends Fred approaches Doris and offers to drive her and Susan home. Overhearing this Kris hands Fred a noting with directions written on it.

159. Kris gives Fred directions

Kris say Merry Christmas to Doris and Fred and they respond in kind. However when Kris says Merry Christmas to Susan she doesn’t say anything back. With Fred driving Doris acts as the navigator. Susan is the back seat saying quietly to herself “I believe. I believe. It’s silly, but I believe”. All of a sudden she sees her Christmas present.

160. I believe...I believe

                                                  I believe. I believe

161. Suzie sees the house

  Suzie sees the house

Susan yells for “uncle Fred” to stop the car. Before the car comes to a full stop the door flies open and Susan charges up the hill with her house on it.

162. Suzie charges up the hill163. and into the house she wanted

Doris is at the foot of the front steps when Susan reaches the front door. Doris is yelling for Susan to come back. Susan is already in the house and is thundering up the stairs. Soon Doris and Fred enter the house. Doris calls out for her daughter “Susan, where are you?”. Susan yells that she’s upstairs. Doris tries to admonish her daughter “You shouldn’t run around in other people’s houses. You know better than that”. Susan thunders down stairs to confront her mother. “But this is my house, the one I asked Mr. Kringle for. It is! I know it is! My room upstairs is like I knew it would be! You were right, Mommy”. But she’s far from finished as she turns toward Fred. “Mommy said if things don’t turn out right at first, you’ve still got to believe.”. She turns towards her mother again “You were right, Mommy! Mr. Kringle is Santa Claus!”.

Tom’s Trivia – The house Susan wishes for is real and is not a studio built model. It still exists. The house is Nassau County Tax Records, located at 24 Derby Road in Port Washington, New York.

164. my room upstairs is just like I knew it would

      “My room upstairs is just like I knew it would

While Susan tears off to find out if her backyard has a swing Fred is astonished and bewildered at the same time. “You told her that?” and when Doris’ eyes say yes he kisses her. “The sign outside said it’s for sale. We can’t let her down”. Doris gazes at Fred knowing that her doubt really hurt Fred “I never really doubted you. It was just my silly common sense”. Her feelings make sense to Fred “I must be a pretty good lawyer. I take a little old man and legally prove that he’s Santa Claus. Now, you know that...”.That’s when he sees it. Leaning up against a wall is a cane, just like the one Kris has, or had. Doris sees it and remarks that must have belonged to the previous owner. They both look at the cane with awe and trepidation. Fred says “And maybe I didn’t do such a wonderful thing after all”.

168. a cane

 Merry

Christmas


Most of November was a hard time for me and my entire family. We had a medical emergency – we found out my dad has fast developing dementia and spent most of November till last week in the hospital. So I’m going to take some time off to re-charge my batteries. I hope to be back in mid January. While I’m gone stay safe, and have a great Christmas.

              Tom

Monday, December 1, 2014

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)–episode 12

All text in brown are quotations from the script which can located at the following address - http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/


This episode begins with District Attorney Thomas Mara trying to relax at home by reading the paper. But he’s not liking what he’s reading. As he reads he gets more and more agitated. “These reporters make me look like a sadistic monster who likes to drown cats and tear the wings off butterflies”. Mrs. Mara asks her son to fetch her scissors. As he leaves the scene his mother asks her husband to not talk about the case when Tommy Jr. is around. She adds “I agree with the reporters”. He wishes he had never become involved in this mess. Mrs. Mara has almost the same thought “Sometimes I wish I’d married a butcher or a plumber”. Mr. Mara says that if loses this case she just might get her wish.

128. I agree with the reporters

                                            I agree with the reporters

129. Sometimes I wish I married a butcher or a plumber

                  “Sometimes I wish I’d married a butcher or a plumber


The hearing resumes the next day with what Fred hopes will be the witness that will help him to win the case – Mr. Macy. Things go according to plan. Mr. Macy testifies that Kris is truthful and of sound mind. Mr. Mara, in an early act of desperation, asks Mr. Macy “Mr. Macy, you’re under oath. You really believe this man is Santa Claus?”. After thinking of the children's faces he saw during the parade, and how the children really believe in Kris he says “I do”. Mr. Mara is astonished. He never would have thought that a grown man would admit that he believes in Santa Claus. With Fred more than pleased, and Mr. Mara in a mild state of shock, Mr. Macy gets out of the witness box. Walking back to his seat he sees Mr. Sawyer sitting beside Mr. Mara. He realizes that this entire mess was created by Mr. Sawyer, and does the only thing he can. As he passes him he leans over and whispers in Mr. Sawyers ear “Psychologist! Where’d you graduate from, a correspondence school? You’re fired!”.

133. Macys fires Sawyer

                                                         You’re fired!”


Mr. Mara and Fred approach the bench to make comments directly to the judge. “There is no such person as Santa Claus, and everybody knows it”, while Fred counters with “I submit it’s purely a matter of opinion”. Fred goes on to challenge Mr. Mara to prove there is not Santa Claus. Mr. Mara realizes his case is going nowhere so he requests a ruling from the judge: Is Santa Claus real or not. Before the judge can say a word Charlie Halloran, the judges political advisor, loudly clears his throat and indicates with his unlit cigar that the two need to talk right away. The judge recesses proceedings so the two can talk.

In the judges chambers Charlie does most of the talking. “I don’t care what you do with old whisker puss, but if you rule that there’s no Santa Claus,
you better start looking for that chicken farm. We won’t even be able to put you in the primaries
”. Charlie then goes on to outline the ramifications of the judge ruling there’s no Santa Claus. He starts with newspapers, and from there the outlook gets bleaker and bleaker. When he finishes he puts on his hat, puts his coat over his arm and says “You go on back in there and tell them that you rule there’s no Santa Claus. But if you do, remember this: You can count on getting just two votes, your own and that district attorney’s out there”.

135. You can count on getting two votes

   The judge returns and says “The tradition of American justice demands a broad, unprejudiced view of such a controversial matter. This court, therefore, intends to keep an open mind. I’ll hear all the evidence”. Mr. Mara clearly thinks the judge is not thinking clearly and quietly calls the judge crazy. He then goes on to challenge Fred to prove his case “The burden of proof for this
ridiculous contention clearly rests with my opponent. Can he produce evidence to support his views?
”. Fred does just that by calling Thomas Mara Jr. as a witness. As Tommy Mara makes his way to the witness stand his father looks at his wife who points to a subpoena which means Tommy was ordered by the court to appear.

Tom’s Trivia - I suppose I like this part so much because proof for the existence of Santa Claus mounts, and the states case against Santa Claus falls apart so well. But credit should be given to the person who started the avalanche of laughs and chuckles – Robert Hyatt otherwise known as Thomas Mara Jr. 

We all know Thomas Mara Jr. as this little boy.907a. Thomas Mara Jr.

907. Robert Hyatt   However the sequence when he is on the stand did not go as planned, hoped for, or as scripted. The lines he was supposed to have delivered are lost to us, but the lines as originally scripted just weren’t working, they were falling flat, and lacked the humor intended. Actor Robert Hyatt, who portrayed Tommy Mara, says George Seaton, the director, allowed him to improvise, and the work you see in the film is all his. Childlike innocence starts to win the day.


Tommy is just a little boy, so the judge asks him a few questions to make sure he knows the difference between right and wrong. Fred puts a large, thick book in the witness chair. As Tommy walks toward the witness box he passes his father. As he goes by him he says “Hello, Daddy”. As Tommy sits the judge questions the witness.

Judge HARPER: Tommy, you know the difference between telling the truth, and telling a lie, right?

TOMMY: Everybody knows you shouldn’t tell a lie, especially in court.

Satisfied that the boy know the difference between right and wrong Judge Harper permits Fred to proceed. Tommy’s father starts to cringe just a bit.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)-episode 11

All text in brown are quotations from the script which can located at the following address - http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/


The scene changes to the living room of Judge Harper. Charlie Halloran specializes in politics. He and Judge Harper are discussing the judges up coming re-election campaign. The topic soon changes to an upcoming case – The State Of New York vs. Kris Kringle. Charlie asks about the health of the judge. He even encourages him to take a trip. When the judge asks why Charlie answers “Because this Kringle case is dynamite”. Charlie pleads with him to recuse himself from the case. “Let some judge handle it that isn’t coming up for reelection”. He politely tells the judge he’s too honest, and that if he convicts Kris he can kiss any political career goodbye. “You’re a Pontius Pilate the minute you start”.

115.1 Drop the case !

                                           DROP THE CASE !

All of a sudden the judges grandchildren stampede into the living room. Terry and Alice want to say goodnight to Grandma. She promises to tuck the kids in, and that it’s way past their bedtime. The judge expects a hug from his grandchildren and opens his arms to hug them back. But these are two smart kids. They know their grandfather is going to put a man who looks like Santa Claus on trial for insanity, and they are far from pleased. So when he opens

116. how about a hug for Grandpa117. grandkids feel lousy about grandpa

his arms the kids storm past him, their disapproval and anger clearly visible on their faces. The judge expresses surprise at their behavior. Mrs. Harper is a wee bit more vocal with her disapproval “I don’t blame them. Any man who’d put Santa Claus on trial for lunacy....”. Charlie says it’s started already “See what I mean?”.


The following day in Judge Harper’s courtroom the public galleries are packed. District attorney Thomas Mara is sitting at the desk for prosecuting attorneys. Fred Gailey and Kris are sitting at the desk reserved for defense attorneys. Mr. Sawyer sits beside Thomas Mara like he’s someone important. His name appears on the commitment papers, but aside from that is role is minimal. He’s not even being called as a witness. When he asks Mr. Mara how long the hearing might take, and Mr. Mara responds that the hearing might take a week, Mr. Sawyer starts tugging at his eyebrow nervously.

When the court is called to order Mr. Mara calls Kris as his first witness. But before he can continue Judge Harper interrupts and reminds Kris that this is only a hearing, and not a trial. “Before you begin, I want to explain to the witness this is a hearing, not a trial. Mr. Kringle you don’t have to answer against your wishes or even testify at all”. Kris is quite prepared the questioning ahead. Once Kris’ name has been established for the record Mr. Mara asks him where he lives. Kris pauses, albeit briefly, and answers “That’s what this hearing will decide”. Mr. Mara learns he has underestimated Kris. But he quickly ends the sates legal case with one question. “Do you believe that you’re Santa Claus?”. When Kris says he is Santa Claus the state rests its case and Judge Harper asks Fred to begin his case. But before Fred can begin the judge begins to comprehend some of the ramifications of the case and tries, in a very meager way, to help Fred out. “Well, Mr. Gailey do you wish to cross-examine the witness? I believe he was employed to play Santa Claus. Perhaps he didn’t understand the question correctly”. Kris quickly scuttles the judges aid by saying he did understand. Fred tries in vain to mount a defense based on logic, and identities. Fred tries the patience of Judge Harper who interrupts him to ask him return him to the case at hand “I know all about myself, young man. Mr. Kringle is the subject of this hearing”. After Fred digests this gentle warning from the judge he finally states what he plans to do “I intend to prove that Mr. Kringle is Santa Claus”. Judge Harper is astonished when he hears this.

123. Holy Cow!

                                                      Holy Cow !

When the public gallery hears this statement it instigates a lot of chatter. Reporters race for telephones making enough noise to cause Judge Harper to bang his gavel several times to restore order in the courtroom. Finally Judge Harper decides to adjourn the case for the day, and so he can regain order in his courtroom.


With the case adjourned Fred goes over to Doris’ apartment. Fred shows her a newspaper headline and crows that “Gailey Throws Court Bombshell”. Doris holds another newspaper and Fred admires its headline, pleased that the story is on the front page. But she questions his intentions toward Kris. “You’re not serious about this!”. But when he says he is he cites Macy and Gimbel shaking hands. It was unexpected but it still happened. Then she accuses his idea of proving Kris is really Santa Claus as being “completely idiotic”. Then she asks about what his employers think about his tactics. “I’m jeopardizing the prestige and dignity of an old, established law firm, and either I drop this impossible case immediately, or they will drop me. I beat them to it. I quit”. She’s shocked that Fred quit and reminds him that probably every other law firm in the city will think the same thing. Fred says he’ll open his own law office, then

125. you don't have any faith in me do you

                                       You don’t have any faith in me, do you?

Doris goes one step too far and accuses him of throwing his career away. Fred listens to her, and doesn’t like what he’s hearing. “You don’t have any faith in me, do you?”. She doesn’t say yes or no. “It’s not about faith. It’s just common sense”. Fred can’t believe what he’s hearing. “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to. It’s not just Kris that’s on trial. It’s everything he stands for. It’s kindness, joy, love, and all other intangibles”. Doris seems to think the world revolves about her. She says that Fred is behaving like a child, and all the “intangibles” he spoke of aren’t worth very much. To make matters just a little bit worse she says “We’ve talked about wonderful plans. Then you go on an idealistic binge. You give up your job, throw away your security and then you expect me to be happy about it!”. Fred gets up from the chair he’s been sitting in, approaches Doris who has her back to him and says

127. Look Doris you're way of looking at life just doesn't work

Yes. I guess I expected too much. Someday, you’re going to find out that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn’t work. And when you do, don’t overlook those lovely intangibles. You’ll discover they’re the only things that are worthwhile”. Fred walks over to the door and goes through it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)–episode 10

All text in brown are quotations from the script which can located at the following address - http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/


Fred arrives at Bellevue to visit Kris. Kris is really depressed, and Fred couldn’t be more puzzled at Kris’s actions. After the two men exchange pleasantries Fred asks Kris about the test. He knows that Kris could have passed the tests, and the fact that he failed has him hoping to hear an explanation. The two sit and discuss the situation. “Why’d you do it, Kris? You deliberately failed that examination, didn’t you? Why?”. Kris slumps in his chair and explains. “Because the last few days, I’ve had great hope. I had a feeling Doris was beginning to believe in me. And now I find out she was just humoring me all the time”. Fred explains that Doris knew nothing of the ruse regarding the photographs and the mayor. He also that Mr. Shellhammer initially wanted her to ask Kris to take further tests. And that she didn’t because her feelings were hurt and didn’t want to risk hurting Kris. “Only because I was a nice, kind old man she felt sorry for”. Kris says that if Fred had been carted off to Bellevue she would have been very angry, and wouldn’t have been afraid to express her feelings. Fred is forced to agree that Doris had doubts “All right, she had doubts. Why not? She hasn’t really believed in anything for years. You can’t expect her to suddenly...”. Suddenly Kris explodes with an outburst that catches Fred off guard. “Oh, it’s not just Doris. There’s Mr. Sawyer. He’s contemptible, dishonest, selfish, deceitful, vicious. Yet he’s out there and I’m in here. He’s called normal and I’m not. Well, if that’s normal, I don’t want it. That’s why I answered incorrectly”.

105. Kris explains why he failed the test

Fred explains that whatever Kris does affects a lot people. He adds that he already believes in Kris, and Susan is just beginning to. Most of the world believes in Kris, and everything he does affects everybody else. Kris thinks about what Fred has said and says “I ought to be ashamed of myself. Even if we can’t win, we can go down swinging. Let’s get out of here”. Fred reminds Kris that he failed his test. “Oh, yes, I forgot. I said Calvin Coolidge was the first president. I can imagine what they’re thinking of me for saying that. But you’ll get me out of this. You’ll think of something”. Fred says that won’t easy. Kris looks into his face with hope, and showers Fred with praise.

107. But you'll get me out of this

I believe you’re the greatest lawyer since Darrow”. Fred tries vainly to explain to Kris just what he’s asking. But gives up after looking his friends face. “But you don’t understand. It...I'll do everything I can”.


Back at the department store Mr. Macy is giving Mr. Sawyer the verbal thrashing of his life. “Dangerous, my foot! I don’t care if he failed ten examinations. You had no right to do it! You get the case dropped tomorrow, or you might have another lump to match the one Kris gave you!”. Sawyer is

108. Sawyer explains things- Macy doesn't believe him

sitting in a chair while Mr. Macy bellows at him from behind his desk. This sequence is perfectly shot. Mr. Macy looks like the giant he thinks he is, while Mr. Sawyer looks small and is nervously tugging at his eyebrow. When the sequence ends Mr. Sawyer is lucky to still have a job while Mr. Macy is furious. He has to be wondering how Mr. Sawyer ever got a job at Macy’s.


The scene changes to the chambers of Judge Henry X. Harper. District Attorney Thomas Mara is with him. The judge is preparing to sign commitment papers for Kris. This normally a long process. The judge has to read all the papers, and if he/she agrees, signs the document. Thomas Mara assures him there’s nothing special about this case. “Take my word for it. Just routine commitment papers. Cut and dried. The man calls himself
Kris Kringle. Thinks he’s Santa Claus
”. As the judge picks up a pen and prepares to sign the papers his court clerk knocks on the door and announces that a man representing Kris would like to see the judge. Both the

110. Fred knocks on the door

                                                      Better show him in

Judge and Mr. Mara are surprised anyone is representing Kris. Fred enters and says “Good morning. Your Honor, there seems to be undue haste in this case. I wish to protect my client’s rights, as I’m sure you do. I’d like to request a formal hearing to which I may bring witnesses”. The judge quickly discovers this case is not so cut and dried as Thomas Mara said. He puts his pen down and checks his court calendar. He makes a date for the following Monday to convene a hearing. Fred thanks the judge and departs. As Fred passes the clerks desk Mr. Sawyer is siting in a chair. District Attorney Mara follows close behind. Mr. Sawyer stops him and asks about Fred. “That man...I heard him say something about Mr. Kringle before. Who is he?”. Mr. Mara responds “His name is Fred Gailey, Kringle’s lawyer. Probably grabbed the case to get some cheap publicity”. The one word in that sentence that terrifies Mr. Sawyer most is publicity, and he promptly says “We can’t have that”. The last thing Mr. Sawyer and Mr. Macy want is publicity. Mr. Sawyer runs after Fred.

113. Sawyer tries to buy Fred off

Mr. Gailey, I represent Mr. Macy. My name’s Sawyer”. When Sawyer introduces himself Fred finds himself saying “Oh, so you’re Sawyer”. Sawyer responds “Yes. Regarding this Kringle matter, we’re very anxious to avoid any publicity. So if you would agree to put this through quietly, we’d surely find a generous way to express our appreciation”. Mr. Sawyer doesn’t seem to appreciate the mess he just created. First he created a small scandal for one of the largest retailers in the city. Then he proceeds to offer a bribe to an officer of the court on behalf of Mr. Macy. Fred wisely ignores this, and starts talking about publicity. Mr. Sawyer comes the conclusion that he has failed in the task Mr. Macy asked him to do, and to make matters worse he’s just aided Fred in the formulation of a defense. “Very interesting. Publicity. Hmm. That’s not a bad idea. If I’m going to win this case, I’ll have to have plenty of public opinion. And publicity’s just the way to do it. Thanks, Mr. Sawyer”. As Fred walks off Mr. Sawyer starts tugging at his eyebrow.