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The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979)

The mysterious owner of a costume shop rents a Santa Claus suit to three very different men: a math teacher trying to get the nerve to propose, a homeless restaurateur trying to hide from ... See full summary »

Director:

Corey Allen

Writers:

Leonard Gershe (story), George Kirgo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Astaire ... Costume Shop Proprietor / Chauffeur / Policeman / Hot Dog Vendor / Cab Driver / Jeweler / Floor Walker / Choral Director / Santa Claus
Gary Burghoff ... Bob Willis
John Byner ... Stan Summerville
Bert Convy ... Gil Travis
Tara Buckman ... Polly Primer
Brooke Bundy ... Linda Travis
Eddie Barth ... Babyskin
Ron Feinberg ... Bruno Betinger
Nanette Fabray ... Dora Dayton
Harold Gould ... Dickie Dayton
Ray Vitte ... Eddie
Debbie Lytton ... Melissa
Pat Petersen Pat Petersen ... Lance (as Patrick Petersen)
Danny Wells Danny Wells ... Chandler
Carlo Imperato ... Dom
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Storyline

The mysterious owner of a costume shop rents a Santa Claus suit to three very different men: a math teacher trying to get the nerve to propose, a homeless restaurateur trying to hide from the mob, and a harried political speech writer visiting with his estranged wife and son. Their lives are inexorably changed by their experience of playing Santa Claus. Written by The Pirate King <tpk@blarg.net>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weihnachtsmänner haben's schwer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dick Clark Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Fred Astaire's last TV performance. See more »

Quotes

Costume Shop Proprietor: Oh, it just hurts me - it really does, fella, to see a sloppy Santa Claus.
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Soundtracks

Mississippi Mud
(1927) (uncredited)
Written by Harry Barris
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A relaxing Christmas special
23 December 2004 | by skoehlerSee all my reviews

This film starring Fred Astaire and Gary Burghoff (M*A*S*H) is a great Christmas original. Most new holiday films are less than entertaining, but this film provides a unique, rfreshing story line. The Man in the Santa Claus Suit is one of many movies that I feel help celebrate the season. It provokes thought about what is really important to each of us this holiday season. I am amazed this film has not received better ratings. In this time of Santa movies, I feel that some of the classics provide a more intellectual view helping to define the meaning of Christmas. It may not be a blockbuster, but it is one of my family's staples.


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