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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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23 November 1966 (USA)  »

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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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Featured in A Hollywood Christmas (1996) See more »

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The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
Written by Ray Carter
Performed by Glenn Yarbrough
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The Best Holiday Movie Ever

For reasons that cannot be explained in their entirety, this film is the absolute standard in holiday entertainment in my household. The music *must* be played (I burned a CD) while we decorate the tree, and the film *must* be watched (my brother burned a DVD) before going to bed on Christmas Eve. Either of course is subject to being played again in the background the following morning while presents are unwrapped. Why? We don't know! It's just...it's *funny*, I guess. My brother and I always cheer (we're both around 30 years old now) whenever Prune gets thwarted, and we always boo when it looks like he's going to destroy Christmas (again!). There's just something about this film that *is* Christmas, at least to us. The characters are all very entertaining, and we enjoy the songs. Seriously, it just never gets old. Obviously I'm highly recommending this film, as silly, harmless entertainment for the whole family.


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