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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:
Mexican Santa Claus Versus Satan See more (67 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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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:
Continuity: The text on the burning newspaper changes from English to Spanish between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Santa Claus:Oh! Darn that Devil Pitch! Why, if I were on Earth right now, I'd put him in his place! But even he knows I can only return to Earth one night a year.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Retro Christmas Classics (2007) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
London BridgeSee more »

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25 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Mexican Santa Claus Versus Satan, 25 December 2006
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

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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