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.
Anthology type science fiction program with a different cast each week. Tending toward the hard science, space travel, time travel, and human evolution it tries to examine in each show some... See full summary »
Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »
Will J. White
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
I would rather eat my own eyes than watch this episode again!!
Art Carney plays a skid row bum who is dressed like Santa but is much more like Billy Bob Thornton in BAD SANTA. Carney's Santa is a pathetic drunk and someone that most children would be scared to death to see appear in their homes on Christmas morning.
This is, without a doubt, the most god-awful episode of TWILIGHT ZONE ever made. Not only is it made on video (which is shot like a live episode and looks very grainy), but the basic plot is just too schmaltzy and annoying to even be considered a part of the TWILIGHT ZONE series. In style, writing and watchability, it fails on every level and is an episode I make efforts to avoid seeing again. There is not twist, no irony, nothing--just dull sentimentality--something that the series was NOT usually a victim of and which suits it very poorly.
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