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Mrs. Santa Claus (1996)

Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Claus takes the reindeer and sleigh out for a drive, only to end up stranded in the multicultural neighborhood of Manhattan's ... See full summary »

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Terry Hughes

Writer:

Mark Saltzman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Santa Claus
Michael Jeter ... Arvo
Terrence Mann ... Augustus P. Tavish
Lynsey Bartilson ... Nora Kilkenny
Bryan Murray ... Officer Doyle
David Norona ... Marcello Damaroco (as David Noroña)
Debra Wiseman Debra Wiseman ... Sadie Lowenstein
Charles Durning ... Santa Claus
Rosalind Harris ... Mrs. Lowenstein
Grace Keagy Grace Keagy ... Mrs. Brandenheim
Linda Kerns ... Mrs. Shaughnessy
Chachi Pittman Chachi Pittman ... Izzy (as Chachi Pittmann)
Sabrina Bryan ... Fritzie
Bret Easterling Bret Easterling ... Emilio
Mitchah Williams Mitchah Williams ... Henry
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Storyline

Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Claus takes the reindeer and sleigh out for a drive, only to end up stranded in the multicultural neighborhood of Manhattan's Lower East Side of the early 1900s. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mãe Natal See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby SurroundTM)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Blue screen filming Mrs. Santa Claus in the red sleigh being pulled by a herd of reindeer was filmed first in an independent effects stage located in Van Nuys, California. The stage had high cove sides and rear wall, with a deep floor area to move the sleigh (a rental from Disney Studios Property) and reindeer pack around the stage. The cove walls and floor were painted with Roscoe's specific blue effects paint, $75.00 a gallon! Which had been specified by the D.P., and his gaffer had their electric crew hang rented overhead lighting equipment for the three day filming schedule. At midnight, looking at dailies, the gaffer had rented light instruments that had a warm (red) lighting effect which created a major problem with the red costume, the red sleigh, and all the effects editing/overlay screen work to follow. The "red-warm light" turned the chroma- blue a shade of purple! Early the following morning, new "cool light" fixtures replaced all the overhead lighting and the first days work was re-filmed. After the third day, the company moved to Universal Studios for filming the NY back-lot street exterior scenes in the middle of July, 1996. See more »

Goofs

Mrs. Santa Claus says, "Oh, team, we've done it - 1910 is a record year." The U.S. was comprised of just 46 states in 1910. But in the suffrage parade, people are carrying an unfurled American flag that has 48 stars. New Mexico joined the Union in January 1912 and Arizona joined in February of that year. See more »

Quotes

Santa Claus: [Putting a letter in an outbox marked "Naughty"] There's always the naughty ones with the bad handwriting.
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Connections

Featured in Biography: Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

He Needs Me
Music and Lyric by Jerry Herman
Performed by Angela Lansbury
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Wonderful for Jerry Herman and Angela Landsbury fans.
29 April 2004 | by seth-55See all my reviews

I loved this TV musical because it keeps the talents of Broadway present in the larger TV audience. I love anything Angela Landsbury does. I especially love that Jerry Herman rebounded from illness to then write the songs for this show starring his friend Angela. "Almost Young" is charming and hopeful and stands out for me among the great music of Jerry Herman. I am a huge fan of his work and so very grateful that he is hanging in there. If he ever tells his story, it would be an inspiring work. I can't find the CD for Mrs. Santa Claus, though I have tried to order it. I would love to buy the CD again since the first one I bought for my mother has literally worn out. She sang along with it every day for the last several years during her swims to deal with arthritis. We like these tunes even in the summer. We share a bond through musicals and especially shows like Hello Dolly and Mame. I add Mrs. Santa Claus to that list for us.


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