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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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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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Trivia

The movie was featured on Red Letter Media's Christmas episode of Best of the Worst. See more »

Goofs

When seen through Santa's telescope, the earth is revolving in the wrong direction. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Fascinación
Written by Fermo Dante Marchetti and Maurice de Féraudy
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Demons, Merlin, Plastic Reindeer? It could only be Mexican Santa Claus
22 December 2012 | by connorstelleSee all my reviews

I got this movie imported from somewhere as a gift. So I sat down and watched it. As soon as it was over, I just sat there with my mouth open, thinking "this is the worst movie ever made." Here's why: The film opens with something like 20+ minutes of Santa playing an organ and making weird facial expressions as the narrator shows all the stereotyped children working in Santa's workshop. I guess the elves wanted to stay in The Lord of the Rings series. Then we see Santa's magical spying machine to watch the children on Earth. By the way, did I mention that Santa's castle is sitting on a cloud? Anyways, Santa's magic machine consists of a giant set of swollen-looking lips, a radio antennae with a large ear on it, and a large telescope with a tiny plastic eye on a stick attached to it.

Then we meet Pitch. Pitch is a pathetic demon sent by Satan himself to stop Santa from coming to town. With the sound of an annoying piano key, Pitch literally pops up here and there, trying to convince children to be naughty.

Then we meet Lupita, the girl who wants a doll more than anything, and she's determined to be good. But when she finally does get a doll, which is about as big as she is, she appears to care very little! Then there's Merlin. Merlin lives in Santa's castle and spends his time making odd things for Santa, such as a "flower to disappear". Merlin is also just filler to lengthen the movie. In one scene, he needs to brew something for Santa in an urn. Now, Merlin walks in a very slow, limping gallop-ish walk. Every time he walks across the room to get an ingredient, guess what? He forgets the urn! Then he has to walk all the way across the room in his weak, Merlin-walk.

As the film progresses, we meet three little boys who Pitch has under his spell, and a boy who is neglected by his parents and wants "their love" for Christmas. Boo-hoo for little boy. Then it just gets weirder as Santa begins flying around in his sleigh (flown by plastic reindeer!) and also, as we soon find out, Santa brews magic cocktails! This is the weirdest and worst movie I have seen (so far), but I recommend that every person see this at least once in their lives.


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