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Who Killed Santa Claus? (1941)

L'assassinat du Père Noël (original title)
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The story concerns an old globe-maker who is mysteriously killed while going through the town portraying Pere Noel ("Father Christmas" aka Santa Claus).

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Christian-Jaque

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Charles Spaak (adaptation), Charles Spaak | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harry Baur ... Gaspard Cornusse
Renée Faure Renée Faure ... Catherine Cornusse
Marie-Hélène Dasté Marie-Hélène Dasté ... La mère Michel
Raymond Rouleau ... Le baron Roland de la Faille
Robert Le Vigan ... Léon Villard, le maître d'école (as Le Vigan)
Fernand Ledoux ... Noirgoutte, le maire
Jean Brochard ... Ricomet
Jean Parédès Jean Parédès ... Kappel, le sacristain (as Jean Paredes)
Héléna Manson Héléna Manson ... Marie Coquillot (as Helena Manson)
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The story concerns an old globe-maker who is mysteriously killed while going through the town portraying Pere Noel ("Father Christmas" aka Santa Claus).

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who Killed Santa Claus? See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Continental Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis Klangfilm Eurocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was the first film produced by Continental Films, the infamous French production company financed by the Germans. See more »

Quotes

La mère Michel: Everyone, everyday, loses a piece of life.
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Referenced in Safe Conduct (2002) See more »

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Il était un petit navire
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Excellent Christmas atmosphere for the period.
27 December 2006 | by vincent-ledoux-2See all my reviews

Although some actors are a little too 'pushy' on the drama side, the camera shots are excellent. Harry Baur is indeed excellent, along with Raymond Rouleau and Fernand Ledoux. While Renée Faure, M-H Dasté and Le Vigan's performance are a little "too much" for my taste and the genre of the movie. The "over-doing" breaks the pace of the movie.

The early version of the French Santa Claus (Père Noël) is very charming.

Made under German occupied France in 1941, I find this movie remarkably done. Especially considering that the Gestapo tortured Harry Baur to death a couple years later.

Astonishingly enough, the children in the movie are performing quite well. The cameo from Bernard Blier is also memorable toward the end.

I recommend this movie to all French movie lovers, now available on DVD under the "René Château" label. PAL, Zone 2, if your player can accept it.


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