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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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Holiday Griffith
29 December 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Trap for Santa, A (1909)

*** (out of 4)

Heavy drama has an out of work father (Henry B. Walthall) losing his job, turning to alcohol and eventually leaving his family when he feels he has let them down. Time passes and the family has money fall into their laps but the kids plan on setting a trap to catch Santa. The father, not knowing the family has gotten the money, breaks into a rich house not realizing it belongs to his family and of course falls into the trap. This is a pretty good film from the legendary filmmaker that captures two of his sides. One is the moral, overly dramatic side and the other is a more cheerful, happy side. The mixture works pretty well with this tale even through its dramatic side. Walthall turns in a pretty good performance as the father and even Mack Sennett is on hand during a few scenes. While this has more in common with Griffith the drama teacher than Christmas, it's still a nice short worth viewing as it contains several of the director's trademarks.


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