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The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (1966)
"Il Natale che quasi non fu" (original title)

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Sam Whipple, an attorney in once-upon-a-time-land, is startled to receive a visit from Santa Claus shortly before Christmas. It seems that when he was a child, Sam wrote a letter thanking ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Tripp ...
Sam Whipple
Lydia Brazzi ...
Mrs. Claus (as Lidia Brazzi)
Alberto Rabagliati ...
Sonny Fox ...
Mr. Prim
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Jonathan, the Elf Foreman
John Karlsen ...
Blossom
Valentino Macchi
Salvatore Furnari ...
Elf
Antonio De Martino ...
Elf
Gaetano Guacci ...
Elf
Adriano Cornelli ...
Elf
Franco Doria ...
Elf (as Francesco Doria)
Arnaldo Fabrizio ...
Elf (as Fabrizio Arnaldo)
Domenico Imperato ...
Elf (as Imperato Domenico)
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Phineas T. Prune
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Sam Whipple, an attorney in once-upon-a-time-land, is startled to receive a visit from Santa Claus shortly before Christmas. It seems that when he was a child, Sam wrote a letter thanking Santa for the presents he'd received, and offering to return the favor someday. That day is now - a mean old soul named Phineas Prune, who holds the deed to the North Pole, is demanding back rent. Otherwise, he's going to evict Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves and take all the Christmas toys. It's up to Sam and Santa to find a way to pay off Prune and prevent Christmas from being canceled. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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A more wonderful...more magical...more musical entertainment than this - there just isn't!

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The Christmas That Almost Wasn't  »

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Trivia

Although most of the actors mouthed the script in English (the movie was shot with no live sound), in the American version all of the Italian actors, except for Rossano Brazzi, had their voices dubbed by someone else, so that their accents would not show up. Brazzi, who appeared in many American films, including South Pacific (1958), is the only Italian in the film who is heard speaking English with an accent. See more »

Quotes

Sam Whipple: Wait a minute! If you are Santa, what are you doing here? You're early!
Santa Claus: Christmas is not coming this year.
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Spoofed in The Simpsons: Skinner's Sense of Snow (2000) See more »

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The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
Written by Ray Carter
Performed by Glenn Yarbrough
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Creepy and loving' it!
12 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this movie for how truly creepy it is. The shabby Santa and disturbing Mr. Whipple are just a delight. For my family it's a slice of rotten holiday fruit Cake perfect for goofing on. Crowd pleaser Mischca Auer, a desperate 6'+ elf from a nightmare, kind of makes you want to throw up. It's incredibly quotable... Paul Whipple to young boys " Up! Up! Up!" Mischca Auer, "Doesn't strike a spark somehow.." Mrs. Claus "Oh I do declare! You men are just children!" The musical soundtrack uses the "Gilligan's Island" sum technique explaining the plot in song during the opening credits. "Prune Prune was his name. He was a man who had no shame. Prune, Prune was his name if there was no Christmas, he's to blame. " Creeepeee and loving' it!


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