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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Fred Astaire's last TV performance. See more »


Soundtracks

I Love My Baby
(1925) (uncredited
Written by Harry Warren & Bud Green
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Not a classic, but very enjoyable
24 December 2008 | by dr_jitterbugSee all my reviews

I was looking forward to viewing this movie because I was very curious about and I love and admire both Gary Burghoff and Fred Astaire, though I had low expectations (as I usually do for made for TV movies). I was pleasantly surprised by the sweet, simple, if not slightly unrealistic holiday story. Two of the plot lines were enjoyable and in there for comedic relief and to provide the holiday feeling - slightly unbelievable, but very fun to watch. The third plot I found to be quite touching actually. Put together they make a charming film. All in all, it's not a classic such as It's a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street. However, I would highly recommend it for a family Christmas movie that is good for and definitely worth a couple of seasonal viewings per year. I know I will definitely be watching this hard-to-find but delightful treat at least once every year.


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