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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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Санта Клаус  »

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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 Santa Claus receives the letters from the children of the world there is a mailbox in which he separates the letters from good children and the letters from bad children. The signs that indicate where does he puts this letters change from position in different shots. See more »

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Narrator: Away up in the heavens, far out in space, in a beautiful gold and crystal palace right above the North Pole, lives a kind and jolly old gentleman. Santa Claus.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Skydivers (1994) See more »

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Written by F.D. Marchetti (as Marchetti)
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!
30 December 2006 | by (El Paso!) – See all my reviews

Some might say something like "Baby Geniuses" with its giant robot infants or "Dumbo" with its psychedelic drug-addled nightmare sequence would win the award for the most disturbing movie ever made for children. You might say that too, but you'd be wrong. Lo and behold, for I bring to you: Santa Claus, the most helplessly messed up family film since ... well, ever.

From the opening scenes showing children from different parts of the world singing their insipid theme songs (seriously, this segment is nearly 20 freakin' minutes long and has nothing to do with the plot!) to the thrilling conclusion in which Merlin pops up from outta nowhere and saves the day (don't mind him, he's from Barcelona), this is childhood trauma at its finest. And no matter how hard I try, no matter how many different therapists I visit, I just... can't... get... those... reindeer's...laughter...out... of... my ... head!

Avoid this mind-bending piece of trash like you'd avoid a sex-starved whale during mating season. Still, if flaming gay demons with a serious case of the overacting flu are something for you, I guess you should give it a try. But really, this movie isn't worth your time and mental health.


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