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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 14 November 1964 (USA)
The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.

Director:

Nicholas Webster

Writers:

Glenville Mareth (screenplay), Paul L. Jacobson (based on a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Call John Call ... Santa Claus
Leonard Hicks Leonard Hicks ... Kimar
Vincent Beck Vincent Beck ... Voldar
Bill McCutcheon ... Dropo
Victor Stiles Victor Stiles ... Billy
Donna Conforti Donna Conforti ... Betty
Chris Month Chris Month ... Bomar
Pia Zadora ... Girmar
Leila Martin Leila Martin ... Momar
Charles Renn Charles Renn ... Hargo
James Cahill James Cahill ... Rigna
Ned Wertimer ... Andy Henderson
Doris Rich Doris Rich ... Mrs. Claus
Carl Don Carl Don ... Chochem / Von Green
Ivor Bodin Ivor Bodin ... Winky
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Storyline

Martians, upset that their children have become obsessed with TV shows from Earth which extol the virtues of Santa Claus, start an expedition to Earth to kidnap the one and only Santa. While on Earth, they kidnap two lively children that lead the group of Martians to the North Pole and Santa. The Martians then take Santa and the two children back to Mars with them. Voldar, a particularly grumpy Martian, attempts to do away with the children and Santa before they get to Mars, but their leader Lomas stops him. When they arrive on Mars, Santa, with the help of the two Earth children and a rather simple-minded Martian lackey, overcomes the Martians by bringing fun, happiness and Christmas cheer to the children of Mars. Written by <srm12@ksu.ksu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Santa Claus Defeats the Aliens See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Jalor Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the cast came from Broadway shows of the time. See more »

Goofs

Most of the newspapers that flash by say nothing about Santa being kidnapped. Some are merely foreign language papers. See more »

Quotes

[Voldar doesn't think it's worth the trouble to kidnap Santa Claus and fly him to Mars]
Voldar: All this trouble over a fat little man in a red suit!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits start with "Merry Christmas", before going on to display the cast and then the lyrics to the title song. See more »

Connections

Featured in Horrible Horror (1986) See more »

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Hooray for Santa Claus
Written by Roy Alfred & Milton Delugg
Performed Pia Zadora
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Why the Hate?
12 September 2017 | by Movie-Time-EverytimeSee all my reviews

This film is not that bad. It is weird but for what it is it works wonders. To me this film was part of the annual must see movies when it popped up on television during Christmas. Yes the plot is silly. The acting silly but you know what "I still enjoy this film" because at the end of the day it still told a story and it entertained me.

Now the lo frills special effects help makes this film charming. It is very sad that this film is in the public domain. Which means everybody can release this film on DVD also there is no money that can be made from a restoration which this film sadly needs.

If you don't know the story in a nutshell:

Martian ruler Kimar (Leonard Hicks) is upset that the children of Mars are lazy and under the influence of too much pop culture from Earth. They are obsessed with the planet's television programs and don't want to do much of anything. In an attempt to get the kids peppy again, Kimar orders the kidnapping of Santa Claus (John Call), hoping that the jolly old toy maker will know how to cheer the children up again. But two Earth children are also nabbed, and this complicates things for Kimar.


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