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?”.
“ 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.
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.
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”.
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...”.
(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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
“I believe. I believe”
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.
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.
“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”.
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.