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Glenville Mareth (screenplay)
Paul L. Jacobson (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
14 November 1964 (USA) See more »
Blast off for Mars... with Santa and a pair of Earth kids! Blast off for Mars... with Santa and a pair of Earth kids! Science-Fun-Fiction at its height! See more »
The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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An American Classic of Bad Cinema See more (223 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
John Call ... Santa Claus
Leonard Hicks ... Kimar
Vincent Beck ... Voldar

Bill McCutcheon ... Dropo
Victor Stiles ... Billy
Donna Conforti ... Betty
Chris Month ... Bomar

Pia Zadora ... Girmar
Leila Martin ... Momar
Charles Renn ... Hargo
James Cahill ... Rigna

Ned Wertimer ... Andy Henderson
Doris Rich ... Mrs. Claus
Carl Don ... Chochem / Von Green
Ivor Bodin ... Winky
Al Nesor ... Stobo
Josip Elic ... Shim (as Joe Elic)
Jim Bishop ... Lomas
Lin Thurmond ... Children TV Announcer
Don Blair ... TV News Announcer
Tony Ross ... Santa's Helper
Scott Aronesty ... Santa's Helper
Ron Rotholz ... Santa's Helper (as Ronnie Rotholz)
Glenn Schaffer ... Santa's Helper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene Lindsey ... Polar Bear (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholas Webster 
Writing credits
Glenville Mareth (screenplay)

Paul L. Jacobson (based on a story by)

Produced by
Paul L. Jacobson .... producer
Arnold Leeds .... associate producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Milton Delugg 
Cinematography by
David L. Quaid (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Henry  (as Bill Henry)
Art Direction by
Maurice Gordon 
Set Decoration by
Jack Wright III  (as John K. Wright 3rd)
Costume Design by
Ramsey Mostoller 
Makeup Department
George Fiala .... makeup artist
Production Management
Arnold Leeds .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerry Rich .... assistant director
Art Department
Frank Hoch .... scenic artist
Edward Swanson .... head carpenter
Jack Wright Jr. .... property master (as John K. Wright Jr.)
Sound Department
Dennis Maitland .... sound mixer (as Dennis L. Maitland)
Camera and Electrical Department
Duke Brady .... special lighting effects
Richard Falk .... gaffer
Martin Nallan .... key grip
Michael Zingale .... camera operator (as Michael C. Zingale)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Virginia Schreiber .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Anthony Termini .... edit supervisor
Music Department
Milton Delugg .... conductor
Nick Tagg .... musical coordinator
Other crew
Fritz Hansen .... martian furniture
Marguerite James .... script supervisor (as Margurite James)
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
Robert J. Rosenthal .... production comptroller (as Robert Rosenthal)
Cynthia Webster .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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81 min | USA:86 min (DVD)
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (Manitoba/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (2002) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2008) | UK:U (video rating) | UK:Uc (video) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Unrated (2005 DVD release)

Did You Know?

The film is in the public domain. Many copies, of varying quality, are circulating.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The KID TV anchorman introduces the reporter as Andy Henderson. Santa calls him Andy Anderson.See more »
Kimar:Santa, you will never return to Earth, you belong to Mars now.
Santa Claus:Ho Ho, Hooo...
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004) (V)See more »
Hooray for Santa ClausSee more »


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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
An American Classic of Bad Cinema, 27 January 2007
Author: JH_Kalashnikov from United States

First I saw "Reefer Madness." It was bad, but great.

Then I saw "Plan 9 From Outer Space." Horrible, but enjoyable.

After that I saw "Robot Monster." Awful and yet spectacular.

Finally, I saw "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" Wow, how can you make a lame plot for a screenplay worse? By making a low budget film out of it. And that's just what Joseph Levine thought when he released this film onto an unsuspecting Earth. Now I ask you, is this indeed the WORST film of all time? My opinion: NO. In my translation of the meaning "bad film" means "unbearable, unwatchable and disposable." Not "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." This film is a landmark in the American motion picture industry. The makers of this film actually had the guts to create and release this film. Now that takes some serious talent! Let's not forget the actors either. Surprisingly the acting isn't nearly as bad as it's made out to be (people confuse the 'acting' with the 'plot.'). The children, the Martians and even Santa Claus make one heck of an impression on a shoe-string budget film like this (don't forget that weird professor Albert Einstein wannabe). Above all, clever a production design really create a fine sense of cheesiness. Now, how about a brand new DVD 'Special Cheesy Edition' of "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians?"

"Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" is a rare and satisfying little gem of a film that broke, no, shattered all the rules of making a "good and enjoyable" movie. Now if only the bad films we get nowadays would be as bad as this one. Then they would actually be deemed "enjoyable."

I give "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" 5 frozen-stiff elves zapped by Voldar, out of 5.

A true cinematic cult classic.

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