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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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  (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?

When Santa starts making toys, one Martian is fascinated by "a coiled spring that walks down stairs." Slinky had a resurgence in the early 1960s.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Most of the newspapers that flash by say nothing about Santa being kidnapped. Some are merely foreign language papers.See more »
Billy:You'll never get away with this, you Martian!See more »
Hooray for Santa ClausSee more »


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61 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians... and our hearts., 11 June 2001
Author: zmaturin from Pleasant Valley

I really enjoy this silly little holiday flick. A bunch of serious Martian adults are afraid that their serious Martian children are too serious, so they go to a serious Martian senior citizen. The old guy tells them that the children need to be taught how to laugh, and then he explodes for no reason. The only logical thing left to do, of course, is go to Earth and kidnap Santa Claus, who we meet as he is being interviewed by the Rip Taylor-like Andy Anderson. I liked how in the movie's universe, Santa is unquestionably real and everyone knows about him. He really does deliver toys to everyone, toys made by a dozen elves (who all look like they're suffering from mini-seasonal depression). One toy shown is a toy rocket that runs on "real rocket fuel", Santa proudly explains. I would ask, "Where do little kids get rocket fuel?" The details of Santa's amazingly speedy mass distribution methods are not brought up, but it's probably black magic-related.

The Martians nab Kris Kringle and two little Earth children, who seem to live alone in the woods with no parents or family but are clean and well fed. The Martian leader forces Santa and the children to run their soulless toy machine (Soulless Toy Machine would be a good name for a band). Despite the numerous violations of human rights, it's all in good fun and everybody is nice and happy, except for one mean Martian (with a disturbing droopy mustache and a sidekick that looks like Jamie Farr) who plots to kidnap Santa (even though he's already been kidnapped). Santa encourages the kids, even the Martian kids who have now learned to have fun, to hurl lots of heavy mid-sixties toys at the bad guy's skulls. Through this display of parental negligence and bad music the evil is thwarted, and Santa is permitted to go back to Earth, letting the mewling half-wit comic relief Martian named Droppo take over the reigns of the Martian Toy Empire. (The Martians are out-of-shape guys in tights and helmets with antenna sprouting out of them, and what looks like diarrhea smeared across their faces. Imagine a guy dressed like that mugging worse than the teacher guy in Juan Piquor Simon's "Monster Island" and that's Droppo).

How can you hate this movie? If I were a little kid in 1964 I'd be enthralled. They packed this movie with nutty stuff. Elves get shot with freeze rays. Mrs. Claus is a frantic goofball. The Martian children sleep under strange lights and eat only pills. The bad guy's hideout looks like that one King Crimson album cover. I loved the part where the villain tries to shoot Santa and the kids out of an airlock, and the part where the bad guys meddle with the toy machine and the toys come out all mixed-up. There's a guy in a goofy robot costume, and a guy in an even goofier polar bear costume. And that deliciously idiotic theme song- "You spell it S-A-N-T-A C-L-A-U-S, Hooray for Santy Claus!" Oh, it's so good!

I sincerely feel the people making this had the best intentions, and while they didn't have a huge budget they made a fun, silly kids movie. If it was the same exact movie but done in Rudolf-style stop motion animation it would be a regular holiday viewing tradition.

Oh, yeah, and Pia Zadora is in this, as if anyone cares.

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