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Santa Claus (1959)

Unrated | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | October 1960 (USA)
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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An Enchanting World of Make-Believe! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated

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Details

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

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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Trivia

This film did not receive a general release in the United States. The U.S. distributor, K. Gordon Murray, booked the film as a special children's matinée attraction in which the film would only be shown once or twice. See more »

Goofs

After Santa steps away from the mail slot for the stork, it cuts to a wider angle and he is standing in front of the "good" and "bad" mail slots again. 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 ...
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Connections

Featured in Die schlechtesten Filme aller Zeiten: Santa Claus (2016) See more »

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Fascinación
Written by Fermo Dante Marchetti and Maurice de Féraudy
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The Worst Film Ever?
28 December 1998 | by Welly-2See all my reviews

This film is awful. Give me the dentist anytime! Can you believe that one of the main TV stations here in Arabia had this as their Christmas film! I can only assume they expected to entertain the crowds with Dudley Moore rather than this. The last time I looked at my hot water bottle it had more acting, better plot, more drama and a lot more interest than this waste of celluloid. Don't even watch it if you're drunk!


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