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Mrs. Santa Claus (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Family | Fantasy  -  8 December 1996 (USA)
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Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Claus takes the reindeer and sleigh out for a drive, only to end up stranded in the multicultural neighborhood of Manhattan's ... See full summary »

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Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Claus takes the reindeer and sleigh out for a drive, only to end up stranded in the multicultural neighborhood of Manhattan's Lower East Side of the early 1900s. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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The Debbie Reynolds' Dance Studio, located on Lankershim Boulevard, adjacent Universal Studios, was the rehearsal studio used by choreographer Rob Marshall, and (sister) Sarah Miles. The art department brought into the rehearsal space, and rotated all the necessary prop tables, stools, front bars, benches, which were used in the production dance numbers. The director Terry Hughes, the director of photography Stephen M. Katz, and Jerry Herman, attended every day of the six week preliminary production dance rehearsals and staging routines developed for the musical. See more »

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Mrs. Santa Claus: [takes Nora aside] I have to go now, sweetheart.
Nora Kilkenny: All right, I'll see you tomorrow.
Mrs. Santa Claus: Actually, I'm going back home.
Nora Kilkenny: But you can't go! Not yet!
Mrs. Santa Claus: Someone back home really needs me. Now, don't worry, I haven't forgotten. I still have presents for you and the other kids.
Nora Kilkenny: Will I ever see you again?
Mrs. Santa Claus: Oh, I hope so. In the meantime, when you look up at the evening sky, and you see a star. You'll know who I'm thinking of.
[hugs Nora goodbye]
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Seasonal classic
30 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I would have liked Mrs Santa Claus to be a tad longer, but I was really surprised at how good this film was when I saw it for the first time four years ago on TV. While not my favourite Christmas film, it is a seasonal classic and for several reasons is very special to me.

The production values are lovely. The sets are quite colourful with a magic quality to them. The costumes look warm and cosy. The scenery is breathtaking. And the photography is surprisingly skillful. Even the sleigh looks as though care was taken to construct it.

Jerry Herman's music is just wonderful. The orchestration is very memorable and mellow. But I just adored the songs, especially the beautiful Almost Young, which is the best performed vocally and emotionally rendition of the film. All the songs benefit from great melodies and catchy lyrics.

I love the choreography as well. There have been film musicals where it is sprightly and energetic such as in West Side Story, and some where it is messy and misconceived seen in The Wiz. Mrs Santa Claus's choreography left me transfixed, being neither being too simple or too difficult but showing evident care and skill.

That's not all. The story is not predictable or badly paced in any way. It is original, brisk, exciting and fun. Also towards the end it is even heart-warming.

The script is another strength. It is simple without being too simplistic or childish, mature without being too sophisticated or convoluted, charming and poignant without being schmaltzy and funny without any obscenities and crude humour. In short, it has something for the whole family, adults will love the choreography, script and titular performance and kids will love the production values, songs and story.

The acting is also very well done. Angela Lansbury, a fine character actress who has always had a special place in my heart, is perfection in the title role. Acting-wise she oozes with charm, choreographically she is as light as a feather and natural and singing-wise she emotes and sings beautifully. She is very well supported by the charming Michael Jester, the solid Terence Mann and a slightly underused but still okay Charles Durning.

All in all, Mrs Santa Claus is a seasonal classic in my view and a real treat for fans of a great talent like Lansbury. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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