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13 December 1984 (USA) See more »
You're going to believe in Santa all over again!
An oil company is exploring two Arctic sites for oil. The needed blasting at the first site rocks Santa Claus' North Pole village... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win See more »
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Jaclyn Smith ... Claudia Baldwin

Art Carney ... Santa Claus

Paul Le Mat ... Michael Baldwin

Mason Adams ... Sumner Murdock

June Lockhart ... Mrs. Claus

Paul Williams ... Ed

Scott Grimes ... David
Laura Jacoby ... Marianne
R.J. Williams ... C.B.

James Staley ... Marin

Albert Hall ... Loomis

Anne Haney ... Hedda
Buddy Douglas ... Dr. Fernando

Billy Curtis ... Jack
Michael Keys Hall ... Faulkner
Randy Crosby ... Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Dale ... Dr. Fernando (uncredited)

Directed by
Jackie Cooper 
Writing credits
Jim Moloney (teleplay) &
David Niven Jr. (teleplay)

Jim Moloney (story) &
Rudy Dochtermann (story) &
David Niven Jr. (story)

Produced by
Jack Haley Jr. .... executive producer
Robert Halmi Jr. .... executive producer
Robert Halmi Sr. .... producer
David R. Kappes .... producer (as David Kappes)
Carl Mazzocone .... associate producer
David Niven Jr. .... executive producer
Original Music by
Charles Gross 
Cinematography by
David Worth (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Eric Albertson 
Casting by
Jeff Oshen 
Production Design by
George Costello 
Tim Donahue 
Art Direction by
Maria Caso  (as Maria Rebman Caso)
Set Decoration by
Diana Allen Williams 
Costume Design by
Andy Hylton 
Makeup Department
Leslie Ann Anderson .... hair stylist: Miss Smith
Leslie Ann Anderson .... makeup artist: Miss Smith
Gábor Kernyaiszky .... hair stylist (as Gabor Kernyaiszky)
Gábor Kernyaiszky .... makeup artist (as Gabor Kernyaiszky)
Production Management
Don Guest .... unit production manager
Issy Shabtay .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald Hauer .... first assistant director
David R. Kappes .... second unit director (as David Kappes)
Skott Snider .... second unit director
Dennis M. White .... second assistant director (as Dennis White)
Art Department
Mike Bingham .... construction designer
Jay Burkhart .... set dresser
Tom Cranham .... visual consultant
Tommy Estridge .... prop master
Riley Morgan .... prop
Cynthia C. Rebman .... set dresser (as Cindy Rebman)
Linda L. Rebman .... set dresser
Stephen Reece .... carpenter
Jaki Sommerich .... painter
James Steuart .... carpenter (as Jim Steuart)
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... boom operator
Douglas Axtell .... boom operator
Jan Brodin .... sound mixer
Louis Cerborino .... sound editor
Randall Coleman .... assistant sound editor
Ron Kalish .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Peter Chesney .... special effects
Mike Menzel .... special effects (as Michael Manzel)
Edward Svetlik .... sculptor (painter)
Dick Wood .... special effects (as Richard Wood)
John Naulin .... miniatures (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
William Mesa .... visual effects supervisor
Bret Mixon .... rotoscoping
Eugene P. Rizzardi .... model spervisor: Introvision
Harry Walton .... matte artist for Introvision
Cynthia Webster .... visual effects technical director (as Brett Webster)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Caso .... camera operator
Mark Davison .... assistant camera
Greg Gardiner .... gaffer
Scott Guthrie .... best boy
Tommy Magglos .... assistant camera (as Thomas Maglos)
Joe-Joe Presson .... best boy (as Joseph Presson)
John Savka .... key grip
Marcus Tate .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bernadene C. Mann .... costumer (as Bernadene Mann)
Editorial Department
Alex Steyermark .... assistant editor
Location Management
Jack Brubach .... location auditor
James Thompson .... location manager (as Jim Thompson)
Music Department
Gary Anderson .... orchestrator
Folliott S. Pierpont .... composer: song "Jingle Bells"
Transportation Department
Bill Myers .... transportation
Other crew
Patti Dalzell .... script supervisor
Jean Garcia .... secretary to producer
Wendi Haas .... production coordinator
Carol Levine .... assistant to producer
Dan Martin .... production liaison
Gogi Sargeant .... assistant auditor
Victor Skita .... assistant to producer
Jonathan Taylor .... production assistant
Selma Weitz .... production executive

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92 min
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Did You Know?

When Santa tries to prove to Claudia that he's Santa, he knows that she was living in Houston, Texas at an early age. In real life, Jaclyn Smith (Claudia) was born in Houston, Texas.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Ed is taking them to North Pole City in the tracked vehicle, the tracks of the camera vehicle can be seen in the snow in one wide shot of the tracked vehicle traveling forward through the snow.See more »
Claudia:I'm really worried David. Do you really think we're going a hundred miles per hour?
David:Of course not, it's an illusion. We're probably not going 20 miles per hour.
Claudia:Well we seem to be going pretty fast.
David:I know...
[matter of factly]
David:there's an increased perception of velocity at both the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
Claudia:If you say so
[looks at David in confusion]
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
You're going to ruin Christmas forever., 8 December 2007
Author: lastliberal from United States

Once upon a time there were three little girls who went to the police academy - two in Los Angeles, the other in San Francisco - and they were each assigned very hazardous duties. But one married a geologist and his company was dynamiting near North Pole City. Now she works for me. My name is Santa.

A new assignment for the former member of "Charlies Angels." Jaclyn Smith has to save Christmas from the greedy oilman, Mason Adams, from "Lou Grant." Her husband played by Paul Le Mat (American graffiti, Melvin and Howard) doesn't believe she met Santa. He doesn't really care about anything but bringing in that oil for his boss.

Art Carney (Harry and Tonto, "The Honeymooners") is Santa, who really doesn't do much other than moan about the dynamiting that will destroy North Pole City. In fact, no one does much in this film, and no one really save Christmas. It just so happens that they discovered oil seconds before they were going to destroy Santa's home.

But, what the heck, we don't watch these films for great acting. They are just for fun and to get into the spirit.

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