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A Trap for Santa Claus (1909)

 -  Drama | Short  -  20 December 1909 (USA)
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The children set a trap for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, knowing he has to come through the window because their estate has no chimney. Their father, who abandoned them and his wife before... See full summary »

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The children set a trap for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, knowing he has to come through the window because their estate has no chimney. Their father, who abandoned them and his wife before she inherited her fortune, plans to burglarize that very house, unaware of the occupants or the trap. Written by Arthur Hausner <,genart@volcano.net>

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Worldview Entertainment and the Killiam Collection has released a set of nine early movies about Christmas collectively called "A Christmas Past," with an original score by Al Kryszak. This movie is the third one, and has a running time of 16 minutes. See more »

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Early Griffith Holiday Film
30 December 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Biograph film.

On Christmas Eve, two children set A TRAP FOR SANTA, with somewhat surprising results...

Film legend D. W. Griffith directed this little film. If it is rather heavy-handed with the pathos - drunken father, desperate mother, hungry children - it is simply an indication that Griffith was learning to master his trade as he went along. Within a few more years he would be at the top of his profession - as would cameraman Billy Bitzer, who photographed this film.

Movie mavens should probably recognize Henry B. Walthall as Arthur, the father & Mack Sennett as an unfriendly bartender, both uncredited.

Al Kryszak provided the score for the video compilation A Christmas Past, in which this film appears.


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