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Director:
Writers:
Adolfo Torres Portillo (story) and
René Cardona (story) ...
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Release Date:
October 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
An Enchanting World of Make-Believe! See more »
Plot:
With the aid of Merlin, Santa Claus must defeat the evil machinations of the devil Pitch to ruin Xmas. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Gather the relatives, kidnap the nieghbors, everybody will enjoy this one. See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
José Elías Moreno ... Santa Claus
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)
Graciela Lara
Rosa María Aguilar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
K. Gordon Murray ... Narrator (voice: English version) (as Ken Smith)
Juan Antonio Edwards ... (uncredited)
Pablo Ferrel ... (uncredited)

Directed by
René Cardona 
 
Writing credits
Adolfo Torres Portillo (story) and
René Cardona (story)

Adolfo Torres Portillo (adaptation) and
René Cardona (adaptation)

Produced by
Guillermo Calderón .... producer (as Guillermo Calderón Stell)
 
Original Music by
Antonio Díaz Conde 
 
Cinematography by
Raúl Martínez Solares 
 
Film Editing by
Jorge Bustos 
 
Production Design by
Francisco Marco Chillet  (as Marcos Chillet)
 
Makeup Department
Fernando Zamarripa .... hair stylist
Fernando Zamarripa .... hairpiece maker
Concepción Zamora .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Guillermo Alcayde .... production chief
René Cardona Jr. .... production manager
Federico Serrano .... assistant production chief
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Felipe Palomino .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Enrique Gordillo .... special props (as Gordillo)
Salvador Martínez .... special props (as Martínez)
Juan Fava .... set designer: surveillance equipment (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Nicolás de la Rosa .... dialogue recordist
James L. Fields .... sound supervisor
Reynaldo P. Portillo .... sound editor (as Reynaldo Portillo)
Galdino R. Samperio .... sound re-recordist (as Galdino Samperio)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gabriel Castro .... lighting technician
Cirilo Rodríguez .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bertha Mendoza López .... wardrobe (as B. Mendoza López)
 
Editorial Department
José Li-ho .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Antonio Díaz Conde .... music director
Galdino R. Samperio .... music recordist (as Galdino Samperio)
Armando Torres .... choir director (as Maestro Armando Torres)
 
Other crew
Ricardo Luna .... choreographer
K. Gordon Murray .... presenter (US dubbed version)
M. Héctor Osorio O. .... title designer
 

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Additional Details

Runtime:
USA:94 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
While billed simply as "El Diablo" ("The Devil") in the credits, Pitch's character name in the original version is "Precio" ("Price").See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the scene where Pitch goes down the chimney, the chimney that Pitch goes down moves.See more »
Quotes:
Precio:Yes, I promise, oh Priceless Prince of Hades, that by my many wiles I will finish Santa off forever, and see that the children commit terrible deeds, and make Santa Claus angry!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Stayin' AliveSee more »

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26 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Gather the relatives, kidnap the nieghbors, everybody will enjoy this one., 22 November 2001
Author: Glenn Andreiev (gandreiev@aol.com) from Huntington, NY

Put this on the VCR on Christmas day, and let people gather round the boob tube. Have them gawk at the crazy, silly wonder at this Mexican produced version of St. Nick, and fun will seep in like vodka spiced egg-nog!

Santa lives in space with little kids and a senile magician (Mrs. Claus probably filed for divorce decades ago!) He uses listening devices (made up of applainces and human organs. I am not kidding!!!) to spy on children on earth. he also pauses to watch a frightening puppet show, a Mexican glamour gal go shopping, etc. etc. Then we meet Santa's enemy- Pitch. Pitch is a prissy devil who dances alot, complains of stomach cramps, and uses wild hand gestures when he talks. Pitch has to destroy Christmas or Satan will make his ulcer worse!

The plot gets crazier when Santa moonlights as a bartender, children have dreams that look like cheaply rendered LSD trips (with nagging dolls, parents that arrive in coffin-like boxes) I am not making any

of this up. This is possibly the strangest Christmas movie ever made. Box up that CD of old Chrsitmas caroles. This Christmas, this loopy wonder should be on your TV.

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