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Santa Claus (1959)

 -  Family | Fantasy  -  October 1960 (USA)
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With the aid of Merlin, Santa Claus must defeat the evil machinations of the devil Pitch to ruin Xmas.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Elías Moreno ...
Cesáreo Quezadas 'Pulgarcito' ...
Pedro
José Luis Aguirre 'Trotsky' ...
El Diablo (as José Luis Aguirre 'Trosky')
Armando Arriola ...
El mago Merlín (as Armando Arriola 'Arriolita')
Lupita Quezadas ...
La niña pobre (as Lupita)
Antonio Díaz Conde hijo ...
El Niño Rico (Billy)
Nora Veryán ...
Madre de Lupita
Polo Ortín ...
(as Leopoldo Ortín Jr.)
Manuel Calvo ...
(as Manolo Calvo)
José Carlos Méndez ...
Niño (as niño J. Carlos Méndez)
Jesús Brook ...
Niño (as niño Jesús Brook)
Rubén Ramírez ...
Niño
Queta Lavat ...
(as Enriqueta Lavat)
Ángel Di Stefani ...
El herrero Llavón (as Ángel D'Stefani)
Guillermo Bravo Sosa ...
(as Gmo. Bravo Sosa)
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Storyline

Santa Claus, high above the North Pole in his cloud-borne castle equipped with more surveillance devices than the Impossible Mission Force, prepares to deliver presents on Christmas night. Santa is especially interested in helping Lupita, the daughter of a poor family who wants nothing more than a doll; and a young boy whose parents are so wealthy they never spend any time with him (Santa fixes this by feeding them Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters). However, the Devil will have none of this and sends his minion, Pitch, to foil Santa's plans. Pitch in turn recruits three Naughty Boys to help him set traps for Santa. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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(RCA High Fidelity)

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(Eastmancolor)

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This film did not receive a general release in the United States. The U.S. distributor, K. Gordon Murray, booked the film as a special children's matinée attraction in which the film would only be shown once or twice. See more »

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When seen through Santa's telescope, the earth is revolving in the wrong direction. See more »

Quotes

Evil Doll: Why don't you steal us. We can all be yours!
Lupita: No, you know that stealing is bad, and I want to be good.
Evil Doll: But you must learn to steal!
Lupita: No. You know stealing is bad, and I want to be good.
Evil Doll: We dolls don't like good little girls!
Lupita: No. To steal is evil, and I don't want to be evil.
Evil Doll: You must be evil if you want a doll!
Lupita: No, you know stealing is evil, and I don't want to be evil.
Evil Doll: Steal, fight, and we will all be yours!
Lupita: No. I don't want to be evil, and stealing is evil.
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Mexican Santa Claus Versus Satan
25 December 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

What the ...? As a kid's film, this is a complete failure. What would you expect from the folks who brought us "The Brainiac" and "Night of the Bloody Apes"? However, as a surrealist film, it is one of the most compellingly bizarre things I've ever seen. I know this wasn't the intentions of the filmmakers (who wanted to create some Yuletide magic to make a buck), but this is what nightmares are made of. I'd go so far as to saying this is the most bizarre film I've ever seen, and I'm familiar with the works of Jodorowsky and David Lynch. The film's already general weirdness is increased in my eyes as its all completely unintentional. What kind of mind would create this and honestly think of it as holiday cheer? Its certainly the most unintentionally bizarre film ever made, even beating out infamous titles such as "Glen or Glenda" and "The Tingler". This coupled with the garishly kitschy set design (which is like those old Flash Gordan serials on acid) make this a must for psychotronic fans. This is the stuff us cult film fanatics can only dream of.

What makes it so bizarre? It is one of the worst bastardizations of Santa Claus ever made. Santa doesn't live in the north pole, but in a cloud in outer space. He doesn't have elves as helpers, but children from all around the world (apparently child labor laws don't mean too much to him). His helper is Merlin the Magician. How these two came together I don't know, but here they are hand in hand. He really knows what every child is up to due to his surveillance system including a giant ear and lips that transmit what every child is saying. He has to fight Satan, who wants to stop him. If this film was ever re-released, a more appropriate title would be "Mexican Santa Claus Versus Satan". Apparently Santa represents the worst enemy to Lucifer. Interestingly enough, this is the only Christmas film in recent memory to mention Jesus explicitly.

This isn't something to show to your kids. It'll give them nightmares for weeks on end and possibly result in them hating the holiday. However, psychotronic fans will be in heaven. This is as unique a viewing experience as either "Eraserhead" or "El Topo". I enjoyed this a lot better than the more infamous "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians". The sheer strangeness along with the fact I was never bored combined to create a film I know I'll never forget. I can't award this anything higher than a five, because the filmmakers completely failed at their original intentions, but I still highly recommend this to those intrigued by what they've read. (5/10)


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