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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.


René Cardona


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


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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Did You Know?


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 »


Lupita steals the doll twice in the market. See more »


Lucifer: You shall be punished, and instead of red-hot coals, you will eat chocolate ice cream.
Precio: No! No, Lucifer, King of all Evil Spirits! Not that! By the horns of everything satanic, I beg you! To live I must have heat. Frozen meals are bad for me, especially chocolate! It's very bad for my digestion, which is so delicate.
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Alternate Versions

A 1989 U.S. home video release was "substantially re-edited and abridged" to "remove all seemingly objectionable material." This version is missing all material involving Pitch. The running time was reduced to 63 minutes and the film retitled "Santa Claus: The Motion Picture" in order to cash in on the big budget production Santa Claus: The Movie. See more »


El Zopilote Mojado
Written by Miguel Macías
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Jeez RD wasn't kidding....
22 December 2002 | by DielanbombSee all my reviews

All right I recently got a chance to rent this and watch Santa Claus conquers the martains. Although the children were much more sadistic in SCCTM, I would have to say that Santa Claus was a much worse movie. As a spanish assignment in Spanish 5 we all had to watch it. I'll tell you, usually when we watch a movie we are all just talking and eating food, but not for this movie. Everyone just kept there jaw open wondering what the evil Mr. Pitch was going to do next. Would Merlin help Santa Claus!?! or would his robot reindeer come and save the day? I would suggest renting it because it is the biggest piece of rubbish I have ever seen and I love it for that. :D

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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 (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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