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Il Natale che quasi non fu (1966)

Santa has to get a job as Santa to earn money to pay his overdue rent bill

Director:

Rossano Brazzi

Writers:

Paul Tripp (story), Rossano Brazzi (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Tripp Paul Tripp ... Sam Whipple
Lydia Brazzi Lydia Brazzi ... Mrs. Claus (as Lidia Brazzi)
Alberto Rabagliati Alberto Rabagliati ... Santa Claus
Sonny Fox Sonny Fox ... Mr. Prim
Mischa Auer ... Jonathan, the Elf Foreman
John Karlsen ... Blossom
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi
Salvatore Furnari Salvatore Furnari ... Elf
Antonio De Martino Antonio De Martino ... Elf
Gaetano Guacci Gaetano Guacci ... Elf
Adriano Cornelli Adriano Cornelli ... Elf
Franco Doria Franco Doria ... Elf (as Francesco Doria)
Arnaldo Fabrizio Arnaldo Fabrizio ... Elf (as Fabrizio Arnaldo)
Domenico Imperato Domenico Imperato ... Elf (as Imperato Domenico)
Rossano Brazzi ... Phineas T. Prune
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Storyline

Sam Whipple, an attorney in once-upon-a-time-land, is startled to receive a visit from Santa Claus shortly before Christmas. It seems that when he was a child, Sam wrote a letter thanking Santa for the presents he'd received and offering to return the favor someday. That day is now: a mean old soul named Phineas Prune, who holds the deed to the North Pole, is demanding back rent. Otherwise, he'll evict Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves and take all the Christmas toys. It's up to Sam and Santa to find a way to pay off Prune and prevent Christmas from being canceled. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Taglines:

A more wonderful...more magical...more musical entertainment than this - there just isn't!

Genres:

Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

23 November 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

This film was riffed on Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The Return (season 1, episode 13, 2017). See more »

Quotes

Sam Whipple: Wait a minute! If you are Santa, what are you doing here? You're early!
Santa Claus: Christmas is not coming this year.
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Connections

Spoofed in The Simpsons: Skinner's Sense of Snow (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Bad
Written by Ray Carter and Paul Tripp
Performed by Rossano Brazzi
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The Best Holiday Movie Ever
9 December 2002 | by NeitherSparkySee all my reviews

For reasons that cannot be explained in their entirety, this film is the absolute standard in holiday entertainment in my household. The music *must* be played (I burned a CD) while we decorate the tree, and the film *must* be watched (my brother burned a DVD) before going to bed on Christmas Eve. Either of course is subject to being played again in the background the following morning while presents are unwrapped. Why? We don't know! It's just...it's *funny*, I guess. My brother and I always cheer (we're both around 30 years old now) whenever Prune gets thwarted, and we always boo when it looks like he's going to destroy Christmas (again!). There's just something about this film that *is* Christmas, at least to us. The characters are all very entertaining, and we enjoy the songs. Seriously, it just never gets old. Obviously I'm highly recommending this film, as silly, harmless entertainment for the whole family.


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