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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

Emanuele Luzzati did the animated title sequence. 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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Soundtracks

Time For Christmas
Written by Ray Carter and Paul Tripp
Performed by Paul Tripp
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Memories Vs Reality
1 December 2004 | by mdibar1See all my reviews

I vividly remember going to see this in the movies when I was 5 Years old. The commercials promoting it on TV stick in my head also. As another reviewer said, going to the movies was a big deal then. Now that I am 43 I have been getting very nostalgic. I was very happy to see that this movie was available on DVD. When I watched the movie I was really surprised at how bad it was, as Billy Joel says in one of his songs "The good old days weren't always good" To start with the opening song "A Christmas that almost wasn't" sounds more like a halloween song, a little haunting. The colors in the movie were also very dark and drab. As for Santa "my God" what a depressing Santa he was a little whiner, I wanted to grab him ala the Godfather and say "You can act like a man" The whole movie is just cheaply done, songs and everything. This is a case of my childhood memories playing tricks on me. Oh well there's always Rudolph.


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