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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:
Santa vs. Pitch: The Case of the Magical Movie from Mexico? See more (68 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:
Revealing mistakes: In the scene where Pitch goes down the chimney, the chimney that Pitch goes down moves.See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:Santa is not afraid of that dog!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Stayin' AliveSee more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Santa vs. Pitch: The Case of the Magical Movie from Mexico?, 4 December 2003
Author: pirate1_power from New York City

How to explain the unusual 1959 feature from Mexico, wherein the Merriest Man on the Planet teams up with Merlin the Magician to defend the magic of Christmas against Ol' Sparky, a/k/a the Devil --- or, to be more accurate, his agent Pitch?

Well, for some reason, this film has its share of defenders. Recently, the website www.kgordonmurray.com was developed just for them, paying tribute as it does to the Miami-based entrepreneur who somehow acquired the U.S. rights to this strangely bizarre Santa Claus film from its Mexican-based producers. One would surmise that the all-Mexican cast and crew wanted to stress all the tenets associated with Mexico's perceptions of good versus evil; God (personified here by Santa) versus Satan (or, as the English-language version calls him, Lucifer, King of Hades), again in the person of Pitch --- Well, really, the whole thing was put together by people who simply had no clue as to Santa's primary concepts!

Adding Merlin the Magician (direct from King Arthur's Court) and giving him a special place in Santa's heavenly castle might have worked wonders for the screenwriters, but purists of Camelot and its ilk will certainly ask what in thunder Merlin's doing in a movie about Santa Claus. And what is all this business with magical flowers, and even magic cocktails anyway? The idea of getting drunk to be with the ones you love sounds a bit twisted in my book --- but, as they say, to each his own.

Then we turn to Lupita, the little girl who seems obsessed with being good. OK, it's good to want to be good, but even behaving positively can at times be taken to extremes, as we obviously see here. Pitch makes every effort to seduce her into doing bad things, but at this point it becomes clear that she will not be moved. One has to wonder why. Lucifer has, after all, threatened Pitch that if he fails in his mission against St. Nick, he'll be fed chocolate ice cream (which is fun, but it doesn't exactly classify as a so-called 'punishment'.

Look, the bottom lime here is that this silly film is a laugh riot. How we giggle and guffaw at this film each time we view it is beyond analysis. Just enjoy the darn movie, and laugh yourself a merry (albeit bizarre) little Christmas. Now.

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