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The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  23 December 1979 (USA)
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Costume Shop Proprietor / Chauffeur / Policeman / Cab Driver / Jeweler / Floor Walker / Choral Director / Santa Claus
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Bob Willis
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Stan Summerville
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Gil Travis
Tara Buckman ...
Polly Primer
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Linda Travis
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Babyskin
Ron Feinberg ...
Bruno Betinger
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Dora Dayton
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Dickie Dayton
Ray Vitte ...
Eddie
Debbie Lytton ...
Melissa
Pat Petersen ...
Lance (as Patrick Petersen)
Danny Wells ...
Chandler
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The mysterious owner of a costume shop rents a Santa Claus suit to three very different men: a math teacher trying to get the nerve to propose, a homeless restaurateur trying to hide from the mob, and a harried political speech writer visiting with his estranged wife and son. Their lives are inexorably changed by their experience of playing Santa Claus. Written by The Pirate King <tpk@blarg.net>

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Weihnachtsmänner haben's schwer  »

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Fred Astaire's last TV performance. See more »


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Once a Year Night
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Peter Matz
Performed by Fred Astaire
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One of the great Christmas Movies
3 August 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I am sure not many of you have heard of this movie. I first saw it on Christmas Eve in the 1980's. As far as Christmas Movies go it does stand out and is different and to see Fred Astaire in such a different role than what we are used to seeing him in is charming. If you get a chance watch this and get a little Christmas Spirit. This does not have any of the wiz bang special effects of today's Christmas movies. What it lacks in that area it definitely makes up for in heart and showing what it really means to have the Christmas spirit. If you were a fan of M.A.S.H. you will also get a kick out of this as one of the other stars of the movie is Gary Burghoff who played "Radar O'Reilly" in that series. Gary did not really do too many other projects so this is also a treat. Also of note is a young Pat Petersen who later went on to become a heartthrob in the hit 80's series Knots Landing. The real joy here though is seeing Fred Astaire make a wonderful and heartfelt entry into the Christmas pantheon of movies.


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