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”.
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.
“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
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
“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.
“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.