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Santa Claus (1959)

With the aid of Merlin, Santa Claus must defeat the evil machinations of the devil Pitch to ruin Xmas.

Director:

René Cardona

Writers:

Adolfo Torres Portillo (story), René Cardona (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Elías Moreno ... Santa Claus
Cesáreo Quezadas 'Pulgarcito' Cesáreo Quezadas 'Pulgarcito' ... Pedro
José Luis Aguirre 'Trotsky' José Luis Aguirre 'Trotsky' ... El Diablo (as José Luis Aguirre 'Trosky')
Armando Arriola Armando Arriola ... El mago Merlín (as Armando Arriola 'Arriolita')
Lupita Quezadas Lupita Quezadas ... La niña pobre (as Lupita)
Antonio Díaz Conde hijo Antonio Díaz Conde hijo ... El Niño Rico (Billy)
Nora Veryán Nora Veryán ... Madre de Lupita
Polo Ortín Polo Ortín ... (as Leopoldo Ortín Jr.)
Manuel Calvo Manuel Calvo ... (as Manolo Calvo)
José Carlos Méndez José Carlos Méndez ... Niño (as niño J. Carlos Méndez)
Jesús Brook Jesús Brook ... Niño (as niño Jesús Brook)
Rubén Ramírez Rubén Ramírez ... Niño
Queta Lavat ... (as Enriqueta Lavat)
Ángel Di Stefani Ángel Di Stefani ... El herrero Llavón (as Ángel D'Stefani)
Guillermo Bravo Sosa Guillermo Bravo Sosa ... (as Gmo. Bravo Sosa)
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Storyline

Santa Claus, high above the North Pole in his cloud-borne castle equipped with more surveillance devices than the Impossible Mission Force, prepares to deliver presents on Christmas night. Santa is especially interested in helping Lupita, the daughter of a poor family who wants nothing more than a doll; and a young boy whose parents are so wealthy they never spend any time with him (Santa fixes this by feeding them Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters). However, the Devil will have none of this and sends his minion, Pitch, to foil Santa's plans. Pitch in turn recruits three Naughty Boys to help him set traps for Santa. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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Certificate:

G

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Trivia

In Germany, the movie aired in December 2016 on Tele5, as part of the SchleFaZ TV series. "SchleFaZ," a German abbreviation, means "the worst films ever". See more »

Goofs

The model of the B-36 heavy bomber on the rich boy's bedroom wall has its wings put on backwards. See more »

Quotes

Pedro: Don't forget that you've got to return to the castle ahead of the sunrise because the sun will turn the reindeer into dust.
Santa Claus: Ho ho ho, no siree, no! I'll be here all right. In that case, I couldn't get back to the castle, and on what they use for food I'd perish! Because here our main food is pastries and ice cream made of soft clouds, and on the earth there's no such thing.
Pedro: What food do they eat on Earth, Santa Claus?
Santa Claus: Oh, everything in sight! They eat most of the animals, the plants, the flowers, ...
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Alternate Versions

Some video versions cut scenes with African kids. See more »

Connections

Edited into Santa Claus and His Helpers (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballet de las Muñecas
Written by Antonio Díaz Conde
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Santa vs. Pitch: The Case of the Magical Movie from Mexico?
4 December 2003 | by pirate1_powerSee all my reviews

How to explain the unusual 1959 feature from Mexico, wherein the Merriest Man on the Planet teams up with Merlin the Magician to defend the magic of Christmas against Ol' Sparky, a/k/a the Devil --- or, to be more accurate, his agent Pitch?

Well, for some reason, this film has its share of defenders. Recently, the website www.kgordonmurray.com was developed just for them, paying tribute as it does to the Miami-based entrepreneur who somehow acquired the U.S. rights to this strangely bizarre Santa Claus film from its Mexican-based producers. One would surmise that the all-Mexican cast and crew wanted to stress all the tenets associated with Mexico's perceptions of good versus evil; God (personified here by Santa) versus Satan (or, as the English-language version calls him, Lucifer, King of Hades), again in the person of Pitch --- Well, really, the whole thing was put together by people who simply had no clue as to Santa's primary concepts!

Adding Merlin the Magician (direct from King Arthur's Court) and giving him a special place in Santa's heavenly castle might have worked wonders for the screenwriters, but purists of Camelot and its ilk will certainly ask what in thunder Merlin's doing in a movie about Santa Claus. And what is all this business with magical flowers, and even magic cocktails anyway? The idea of getting drunk to be with the ones you love sounds a bit twisted in my book --- but, as they say, to each his own.

Then we turn to Lupita, the little girl who seems obsessed with being good. OK, it's good to want to be good, but even behaving positively can at times be taken to extremes, as we obviously see here. Pitch makes every effort to seduce her into doing bad things, but at this point it becomes clear that she will not be moved. One has to wonder why. Lucifer has, after all, threatened Pitch that if he fails in his mission against St. Nick, he'll be fed chocolate ice cream (which is fun, but it doesn't exactly classify as a so-called 'punishment'.

Look, the bottom lime here is that this silly film is a laugh riot. How we giggle and guffaw at this film each time we view it is beyond analysis. Just enjoy the darn movie, and laugh yourself a merry (albeit bizarre) little Christmas. Now.


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Country:

Mexico

Release Date:

October 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Santa Claus vs. The Devil See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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