Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 12

Santa Claus and the Tenth Avenue Kid (18 Dec. 1955)

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While working as a department store 'Santa Claus', a paroled convict tries to help a troubled boy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harold 'Stretch' Sears
Himself - Host
Miss Clementine Webster
Arthur Space ...
Mr. Chambers - Parole Officer
Justice Watson ...
Mr. Shaw -Store Manager
Norman Willis ...
Man with Toy Plane
Betty Harford ...
Alan Reynolds ...
Police Sgt.
Mimi Gibson ...
First Little Girl in Line To See Santa
Gary Hunley
Wendy Winkelman ...
(as Wendy Winkleman)
Tony Blankley ...
Boy (as Anthony Blankley)
Butch Bernard ...
Noelle Green
Tyler McVey ...
Security Guard


Petty thief Harold 'Stretch' Sears has served several prison sentences, and is again out on parole. He is given a job as a department store 'Santa Claus', but his cynical nature makes the job difficult. Miss Webster, who arranged the job for him, keeps trying to encourage Sears, but only succeeds in irritating him. As Sears does his best to get through the holiday season, he notices a bad-tempered boy who keeps coming to the store, arguing with him that there is no Santa Claus, and stealing small items from the store. Fearing for the boy's future, Sears feels an odd impulse to do something for the boy. Written by Snow Leopard

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18 December 1955 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Standard Holiday Fare?
7 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have never embraced holiday episodes of shows. Hitchcock actually speaks disdainfully of this in the opening segment. He is bricking up his fireplace, hoping to injure Santa Claus whom he finds arrogant and tiresome. We go to the episode, where Barry Fitzgerald plays a small time thief who is forced into playing Santa at a department store. He is tough and irreverent and gives the kids a bad time. A female social worker latches on to him and makes him toe the line. Of course, the Christmas spirit eventually gets to him. He acts, even at the risk of his freedom. The nice thing about this episode is that he maintains his hard edge and it doesn't get too sappy. Fitzgerald is a wonderful character actor and made this role his own. It works pretty well, all things considered.

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