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The Christmas That Almost Wasn't -- A scroogy old miser decides to evict Santa Clause and Company from the North Pole because the dead-beats are behind on their rent.


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23 November 1966 (USA) See more »
A more wonderful...more magical...more musical entertainment than this - there just isn't!
Sam Whipple, an attorney in once-upon-a-time-land, is startled to receive a visit from Santa Claus shortly before Christmas... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Paul Tripp ... Sam Whipple
Lydia Brazzi ... Mrs. Claus (as Lidia Brazzi)
Alberto Rabagliati ... Santa Claus
Sonny Fox ... Mr. Prim

Mischa Auer ... 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)

Rossano Brazzi ... Phineas T. Prune
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Enders ... (uncredited)
John Spencer Howell Jr. ... Boy Who Saved Christmas (uncredited)
David Tripp ... David (uncredited)
Friedrich von Ledebur ... (uncredited)
Michel Yellen ... Little Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Rossano Brazzi 
Writing credits
Paul Tripp (story)

Rossano Brazzi (screenplay) uncredited

Paul Tripp  screenplay

Produced by
A.J. Piccolo .... associate producer
Barry B. Yellen .... producer
Original Music by
Bruno Nicolai 
Cinematography by
Alvaro Mancori 
Film Editing by
Maurizio Lucidi 
Production Design by
Athos Danilo Zanetti  (as A. Danilo Zanetti)
Set Decoration by
G.F. Fantacci 
Makeup Department
Anna Fabrizzi .... hair stylist
Duilio Giustini .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sergio Sinibaldi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Cruise .... assistant director
Sound Department
Giulio Verona .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Renato Doria .... assistant cameraman
Mario Sbrenna .... cameraman
Editorial Department
Anna Amedei .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ray Carter .... songs by
Bruno Nicolai .... musical director
Bruno Nicolai .... orchestrations
Paul Tripp .... lyrics by
Glenn Yarbrough .... title song: sung by
Other crew
William H. Bloom .... special advisor
Roberto Cuomo .... inspector: of production
Carlo Fabris .... administrator
Renzo Petretto .... assistant: to Mr. Brazzi
Rometta Pietrostefani .... production assistant
Federico Tosi .... production secretary

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Also Known As:
"Il Natale che quasi non fu" - Italy (original title)
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94 min | Netherlands:95 min | USA:89 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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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 »
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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The Name Of the Song Is PruneSee more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
You just...had to be there, 21 December 2005
Author: rpniew from chicago, Illinois

I have wonderful memories of viewing this film. One of the staples of the Christmas season was the weekend matinées of "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't." I remember seeing it with my mother and brothers; I suspect I have the same nostalgia for it that Whittier expressed for his youth in "Snow-Bound." However, we have to be real: after a 35 year absence, I noticed the film in the TV listings and I practically forced my kids to watch it. It was only then I realized with some disappointment how...well...imperfect...the film was. Part of this was due to a rather awful print and the choppy way the station presented it (the startlingly touching finale involving Prune had been butchered out.) It is a part of our youth; it is probably best it remain there. I still love the film and my memories of the time in which it appeared and the big deal we made out of it; sadly, it just doesn't translate today.

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