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The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979)

TV-G | | Drama | TV Movie 23 December 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 »

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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:

Weihnachtsm√§nner 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

Stan Summerville: What is this awful stuff?
Dickie Dayton: Awful stuff? It's 20-year-old Scotch. You can't get any better.
Stan Summerville: Well, you see, my taste buds have suffered because of rotgut.
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Soundtracks

The Sidewalks of New York
(1894) (uncredited)
Written by James W. Blake & Charles Lawlor (as Charles B. Lawlor)
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Better than the Average Christmas Movie
18 July 2018 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

I Have Reviewed OVER 500 "Christmas Films and Specials". Please BEWARE Of films and specials with just one review! For instance When "It's a POSITIVE" chances are that the reviewer was involved with the production. "If its Negative" then they may have a grudge against the film for whatever reason. I am fare about these films.

The title "character" is threefold: John Byner, Gary Burghoff and Bert Convy all don Santa suits for various reasons. Byner is a fugitive tramp, Burghoff a lonely schoolteacher, and Convy a divorced father estranged from his young son. Unifying their three stories is top-billed Fred Astaire, who pops up in eight different roles and sings the title song.

This is a better thank you think it will be film. Some parts of the film work better than others but in all it is a very enjoyable film. The cast is serves the film well and at the end you will have a huge smile from the inside out!

Well worth seeking out!


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