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

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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

For many years, Rossano Brazzi maintained that he had performed his vocals in South Pacific (1958), even though prominent baritone Giorgio Tozzi received on-screen credit as "the singing voice of Emile de Becque." Brazzi sang for himself in this movie, laying to rest any doubts as to his classical singing ability. 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

What Are Children Like?
Performed by Alberto Rabagliati
Written by Ray Carter and Paul Tripp
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Christmas isnt coming this year
8 January 2004 | by OnceUponATimeInTheWestSee all my reviews

Santa says... (from the film)"Christmas isn't coming this year". I heard this line over and over in the endless commercials promoting it back when this film was released in the 60s. Of course back then I had to see it and I did in the cinema. Back in the day when going to the movies was an event. Remember no video or dvd back then! I just ordered it on dvd. I am sure I will not be disappointed I don't remember much about it but it should at least be interesting,taking yet another trip down nostalgia lane


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