Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Claus (Dame Angela Lansbury) 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.
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Upon completion of exterior Universal Studios' New York street filming, the company moved to the distant Valencia business warehouse valley district, to a warehouse converted into a stage, where interior sets were built. The first set filmed was Santa Claus' interior workshop. Santa's office set, which sat adjacent to the workshop, filmed after the workshop set area was finished filming. To expand the office set, the left wall, (with double doors leading into the workshop), had to be re-set in the middle of the workshop set. Charles Durning
(Santa Claus) had an extreme weight problem which didn't allow him gracefully to move around the set. Durning's scenes were performed as he sat at his desk, with Mrs. Santa Claus (Dame Angela Lansbury) charting her Christmas Eve sleigh route on a standing easel map adjacent the fireplace. After this set was filmed, the exterior of the main workshop entrance was filmed. The sleigh and the "pack of live reindeer" were positioned in the foreground area of the exterior set façade. Evergreen pine trees and shrubs dressed the façade, which trailed off to each side, where black duvyteen drops masked the stage walls. Reverse angles were filmed with the black drops as background, with overhead snow drop-boxes shaking particles of plastic snow swirling in the air, assisted and/or directed with giant wind machines. Reindeer wranglers worked the herd to move off stage with the sleigh in tandem for Mrs. Santa Claus' departure. The sleigh loaded with tons of toys, dolls, games, cookies, and fruitcakes, and assorted treats, matching what had previously been filmed in the "effects bluescreen stage" adjacent to the Van Nuys Airport. See more
A street Santa is seen several times in a red Santa suit. Santa didn't wear a red suit until 1930 when he was used in a Coca-Cola advert. See more
Not even one little ho, ho, ho?
[sadly and quietly
The Best Christmas Of All
Music and Lyric by Jerry Herman
Performed by Angela Lansbury
and Charles Durning See more