Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: Season 31, Episode 11

The Christmas Star (14 Dec. 1986)
"Disneyland" The Christmas Star (original title)

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An escaped convict hides out in a suburban neighborhood and is befriended by two neighborhood children who think he is the real Santa Claus.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Horace McNickle
Stuart Jameson
Clara Jameson
Alan North ...
Captain Whittaker
Philip Bruns ...
Nicolas Van Burek ...
Billy Jameson
Vicki Wauchope ...
Trudy Jameson
Zachary Ansley ...
Peter Bibby ...
Lillian Carlson ...
Mrs. Thurgood
David Glyn-Jones ...
Night Watchman
Anthony Holland ...
Old Con


Horace McNickle (Edward Asner) is a two-time felon serving prison time for counterfeiting. On the week before Christmas, he escapes from prison dressed as Santa Claus due to his uncanny resemblance to St. Nick resulting from his long white beard and heavyset features. McNickle hides out from the police in a nearby suburban neighborhood where he is befriended and helped by two local children who think he is the real Santa Claus. McNickle takes advantage of the kids naivety to help him get his counterfeit money hidden somewhere in a local department store while he develops kind-hearted feelings for his two con victims that make him slowly understand the true nature of Christmas. Written by Matthew Patay

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Two kids made a believer out of him.


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14 December 1986 (USA)  »

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The Star-Spangled Banner
Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
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Read the cast list for heaven's sake
17 April 2005 | by (Budapest Hungary) – See all my reviews

Yes, a small gem of a Canadian film. Ed Asner is great as usual. I saw it as a little kid (one of my classmates - also once a friend - starred in it. It has been rerun countless of times since and still holds up the test of time. Not a great piece of cinema - but as far a family films and Christmas films go, this is one of the best.

For all the "reviewers" who keep adulating about Barrett Oliver's performance and how he was the best child actor of the 80's - well here is a shocker: Oliver does not star in this film!! He is confused with the talented Nicolas Van Burek. Please get the info straight before you subject us to your opinions...

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