That Scene From ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ (1947)

“Hey, have you seen this movie? What did you think about THAT SCENE?!” We have all used that phrase at one point during our discussions of movies with the other person’s eyebrows raising, “Oh yea, THAT SCENE!” You go on to pick that memorable scene apart by listing what you loved or didn’t like, how it made you feel and the impression it left on you. 

In this series, we will do just that. We will take a scene from a movie and discuss its impact on us. Some of these scenes may be frightening, weird, iconic, controversial, hilarious and everything in between. Let us know your impression of the scene and the impact it left on you the first time you watched it down below in the comments. Enjoy!

 *Warning: May Contain Spoilers*

Movie: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Scene: The Mail Scene


Director: George Seaton

Characters: Fred Gailey (John Payne), District Attorney Thomas Mara (Jerome Cowan), Judge Henry X. Harper (Gene Lockhart), Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) and Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn)


A bitter court room scene that culminates to this wonderous event that will warm the cockles of your heart and make even the most jaded human believe in Santa Claus.



There’s just something spectacular about how this scene plays out. The inability to find a professional who can claim that the man known as Kris Kringle is of sound mind can’t be found. But when the letters are submitted and delivered to him in the courtroom by a branch of the federal government, thus fully acknowledging that he is the one true Santa Claus is just such an awe inspiring moment. It brings pure joy to your heart.

Some may say the 90s remake is better, but believe you me, this is the real deal.

What do you think of this scene? Did you find it intense and well done?

Author: K. Alvarez

A king without a throne.