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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 ... Voldar
Bill McCutcheon ... Dropo
Victor Stiles Victor Stiles ... Billy Foster
Donna Conforti Donna Conforti ... Betty Foster
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Blast off for Mars... with Santa and a pair of Earth kids! See more »


Certificate:

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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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Jalor Productions See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Santa Claus: Ho ho, we meet again, eh?
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Hooray for Santa Claus
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Ludicrous, yet charming, Christmas-based nonsense
21 January 2015 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a low budget kid's movie from the early 60's. It has a reputation as one of the worst movies ever made. But, similar to most such famously trashed films, it actually turns out to be nowhere near the worst of the worst. More accurately, this could be described as an enjoyable slice of cheese. Sure, its rubbish on several levels but it also happens to be memorable on several other levels.

The story, such as it is, has the Martians kidnapping Santa Claus and, in the process, abducting two Earth children as well. You see, the Martians want to enjoy Christmas as well. With a plot-line as moronic as that, there's really no point in splitting hairs over details and instead just sit back and watch what unfolds. The sets, costumes and make-up are all bargain-basement but they all work well enough within the confines of the plastic coated world that they exist in. Some of the highlights of the film as a whole include an angry Martian and friendly but stupid Martian, an impressively unconvincing and fake polar bear, a comedy punch up and last, yet surely best of all, a truly infectious theme song about Santy Claus. In the final analysis, there's enough strangeness here to qualify this as a bona fide cult item. It's poor, yet simultaneously quite good. Come on now; let's hear it for Santy Claus!


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