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The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979)

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 ... See full summary »

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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
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Linda Travis
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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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23 December 1979 (USA)  »

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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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Not a classic, but very enjoyable
24 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was looking forward to viewing this movie because I was very curious about and I love and admire both Gary Burghoff and Fred Astaire, though I had low expectations (as I usually do for made for TV movies). I was pleasantly surprised by the sweet, simple, if not slightly unrealistic holiday story. Two of the plot lines were enjoyable and in there for comedic relief and to provide the holiday feeling - slightly unbelievable, but very fun to watch. The third plot I found to be quite touching actually. Put together they make a charming film. All in all, it's not a classic such as It's a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street. However, I would highly recommend it for a family Christmas movie that is good for and definitely worth a couple of seasonal viewings per year. I know I will definitely be watching this hard-to-find but delightful treat at least once every year.


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