Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn), employed at Macy’s Department store, is on trial because the State of New York think he is insane on the grounds he believes he is Santa Claus.
Fred Gailey (John Payne) is acting as his defence attorney.
Thomas Mara (Jerome Cowan) is the Prosecutor.
Judge Henry X. Harper (Gene Lockhart) is presiding.
Your Honor, the figures I have just quoted indicate an efficiently run organization.
United States postal laws and regulations make it a criminal offense to wilfully misdirect mail or intentionally deliver it to the wrong party.
Consequently the Department uses every possible precaution.
The state of New York admires the Post Office.
It is efficient, authoritative, and prosperous.
We’re happy to concede Mr Gailey’s claims.
For the record?
For the record.
Anything to get this case going.
GAILEY (producing letters addressed to Santa):
Then I want to introduce this evidence.
I’ll take them, please.
I have three letters addressed simply “Santa Claus.”
No other address whatsoever.
Yet these were just now delivered to Mr. Kringle by bona fide employees of the Post Office.
I offer them as positive proof that…
Uh, three letters are hardly positive proof.
I understand the Post Office receives thousands of these letters every year.
I have further exhibits, but I hesitate to produce them.
Oh, I’m sure we’ll be very happy to see them.
Produce them, Mr. Gailey.
Put them here on my desk.
But, Your Honor…
Put them here on the desk.
Put them here.
Yes, Your Honor.
Gailey beckons to the court bailiffs, and they turn and open the courtroom doors.
A procession of officers carrying bags and bags of mail enter the courtroom, walk down to the Judge, and unload the bags, containing thousands of letters to Santa, onto the Judge’s bench.
The courtroom erupts with laughter, the press flash their cameras, and Judge Harper pounds his gavel to restore order.
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!
HARPER (clearing away letters so he can be seen):
Since the United States government declares this man to be Santa Claus, this court will not dispute it.