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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).

Director:

Christian-Jaque

Writers:

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

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

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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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C'est la mère Michel
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Death may be your Santa Claus.
18 April 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Unlike the precedent user,I will not speak of the political background but of Christian-Jaque's intentions.It was obviously intended to match the brilliance of his former work "les disparus de Saint-Agil" (1938),the script of which having been written by Pierre Very too from his two novels.In both works two worlds coexist:the adults on one side,the children on the other."Les disparus de Saint-Agil",which was a small miracle in itself succeeded in perfectly blending the two worlds .In "l'assassinat du père noel' the two sides do not hang very well,the "grown-ups " and the "brats " plots go their separate ways and only a tenuous line desperately tries to connect them:Baur's daughter,dreaming of fair knights and Princes Charming of fairy tales ,an adult who's still a child.

The best is the atmosphere:the village surrounded by snow,where they gather for the feast of Xmas ,wrapped in mystery:a strange woman,searching for her cat-she will be searching for almost the entire film- ,a handsome baron who hides one of his hands in a glove (leprosy?),an anticlerical schoolteacher (almost a pleonasm in those years),a shady chemist ,and the gendarmes who cannot ,until the very end reach the isolated place where a Santa Claus has been killed.Besides ,a bedridden child is eagerly waiting for his father Xmas.

The movie is mainly worthwhile for its atmosphere;the detective plot is disappointing;the solution is given in about 2 minutes and it's very trite.Some of the yuletide charms are preserved though,and the last pictures finally connects the two stories ,albeit a bit artificially.


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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 »

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Continental Films See more »
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Mono (Tobis Klangfilm Eurocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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