After a derelict Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a mysterious bag that gives out presents. With this bag he sets out to fulfill his one wish - to see the less fortunate inherit the bounties of Christmas.
Henry Corwin is a down and outer who is normally unemployed and who definitely drinks too much. Every year however, he works as a department store Santa Claus. This year however, he's spent just a little too much time in the bar and is quite drunk by the time he shows up for work. He's fired of course and deeply regrets what he's done. In fact, Henry has a big heart and worries not only about the children he's disappointed at the store but about all of those children who will not get what they've asked for Christmas. When he comes across a large bag of gifts, everything changes for the kids and for himself as well. Written by
Corwin and the man in the street sit on "snow" on one of the steps as though it were a prop and not actually there, though a moment later a child does dust it off the sleigh. See more »
A word to the wise to all the children of the twentieth century, whether their concern be pediatrics or geriatrics, whether they crawl on hands and knees and wear diapers or walk with a cane and comb their beards. There's a wondrous magic to Christmas, and there's a special power reserved for little people. In short, there's nothing mightier than the meek, and a merry Christmas to each and all.
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What a phenomenal performance by Art Carney and Serling. Here is a very early use of video with all its faults (black bloom of highlights, way too much depth of field, general overly enhanced details) yet it almost enhances the piece. The cute children and old folks that looked nearly as destitute as they were asked to look. The incredible Burt Mustin (sp), the less than subtle jabs at the pop psychology of the day. But mostly it was dialog that would seem overly cute or cliché that brings a tear to the eye when delivered by such a pro as the "relic of the past" as Carney. Record it, buy it, gift it, watch it on Xmas Eve and understand the true meaning of not so much Xmas as the goodness in all mankind.
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