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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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What Are Children Like?
performed by Alberto Rabagliati
Written by Ray Carter
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I love you and I am six years old
3 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My parents always had me watch this when I was little. My mom had seen it at the local movie theater back in the early 60's when she was a kid, and had loved it very much. Needless to say, I always did too. My entire family did. Everyone's experience of a movie is different, but for me I will say this is touching and sweet that has a lot of heart and happiness. Sounds a little cheesy but yeah, it's true. You can't say it has amazing special effects, but who cares. And you can't say that it isn't a little odd, but again, who cares? It has, for me, been at the heart of every Christmas.

The actors in it are fabulous. The man playing Santa Claus. Well.If I believed in the man, it would be him. And the most touching part is at the very end. Wait and see. It's really a special film.

P.S. Lovely soundtrack too.


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