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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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See All the Weird and Wonderful Characters of Make-Believe! The Fantastic Crystal Work-Room of the Happy Elves! The Fabulous Realm of the Candy-Stick Palaces! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated

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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

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

Goofs

Lupita steals the doll twice in the market. 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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Soundtracks

Stayin' Alive
(uncredited)
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
Performed by Kevin Murphy
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Splendid Holiday Romp!
28 January 1999 | by LaGataSee all my reviews

Brilliant use of overstated technicolor illustrates the optimistic extremes of present day Christmas ceremonies. The voyeuristic element during the scenes (Santa & Pedro summarize society's behavior peering through a telescope) is unique (and obviously Jean-Luc Godard, although he was subtle, stole this theme in his film "Pierrot le-fou"). Highly recommended!


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