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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 14 November 1964 (USA)
The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.

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John Call ...
Leonard Hicks ...
Vincent Beck ...
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Victor Stiles ...
Donna Conforti ...
Chris Month ...
Bomar
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Girmar
Leila Martin ...
Momar
Charles Renn ...
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Doris Rich ...
Carl Don ...
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Ivor Bodin ...
Winky
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Martians, upset that their children have become obsessed with TV shows from Earth which extol the virtues of Santa Claus, start an expedition to Earth to kidnap the one and only Santa. While on Earth, they kidnap two lively children that lead the group of Martians to the North Pole and Santa. The Martians then take Santa and the two children back to Mars with them. Voldar, a particularly grumpy Martian, attempts to do away with the children and Santa before they get to Mars, but their leader Lomas stops him. When they arrive on Mars, Santa, with the help of the two Earth children and a rather simple-minded Martian lackey, overcomes the Martians by bringing fun, happiness and Christmas cheer to the children of Mars. Written by <srm12@ksu.ksu.edu>

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

A new audience discovered the film when it was critiqued on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). See more »

Goofs

When Stobo looks in on the toy fight, the popping sounds and flying projectiles suddenly stop. The film was stopped to put the ball in his mouth. See more »

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Betty: What are those funny things sticking out of your head?
Rigna: Those are our antennae.
Betty: Are you a television set?
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The end credits start with "Merry Christmas", before going on to display the cast and then the lyrics to the title song. See more »


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Hooray for Santa Claus
Written by Roy Alfred & Milton Delugg
Performed Pia Zadora
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Can something this dumb really be harmless?
25 April 2005 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Maybe I have a soft spot somewhere in my heart for poorly written, badly conceived, silly 1960s children's movies - but I really can't understand why Santa Claus versus the Martians is in the worst 100 movies of all time here on IMDb. Sure, most viewers will breathe a sigh of relief when it ends, but this film really seems downright harmless compared to the six month old Kennel Ration Hollywood has been feeding us as commercial film for the last ten or so years. Hey, at least it's not a remake, a sequel, or a 2 hour long CGI cartoon with a few human faces tossed in for effect.

Santa Claus gets kidnapped by distraught martians (white guys with bad green makeup and a few dishwasher parts glued to their heads, as well as inexplicable capes), who want to rescue their depressive, antisocial children from the doldrums by giving them all toys and a big red-suited guy with a beard to laugh at... err... with. Santa adapts to life on Mars very well and starts cranking out the toys with the help of Martian machines, but political controversies surrounding his activities soon threaten the fabric of Martian Society.

I'm not kidding.... really.... this is the plot.

Aside from the ludicrous plot and mediocre acting (Bill McCutcheon gives the only really enjoyable performance in this film, though Pia Zadora and Vincent Beck are not too bad), this is no worse than many of the kid films of its time. In the age of ADD and general impatience, however, this film is more than a little dated. The only modern kid I can imagine enjoying this film is one with an extraordinarily great attention span and a penchant for B-films. In terms of production, this film has the feel of a 2 hour, 1960s low budget TV show, and is almost as clever.

I would recommend avoiding this film unless you're compelled to watch films which go to extremes. I found it cute, funny, and more than a tad ridiculous. To most people, it's a film version of your great Aunt's wallpaper - it's just there on the TV, while far more interesting things are happening in the carpet below your feet.


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