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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 more »

  • Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 7 nominations.
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Mrs. Santa Claus
Augustus P. Tavish
Nora Kilkenny
Officer Doyle
Marcello Damaroco (as David Noroña)
Debra Wiseman ...
Sadie Lowenstein
Santa Claus
Mrs. Lowenstein
Grace Keagy ...
Mrs. Brandenheim
Mrs. Shaughnessy
Chachi Pittman ...
Izzy (as Chachi Pittmann)
Bret Easterling ...
Mitchah Williams ...
Kristi Lynes ...
Elf #1
Jamie Torcellini ...
Elf #2
Mick Murray ...
Michael Kilkenny
Ken Kerman ...
Stage Doorman
John Wheeler ...
Man in Santa Suit
Tony Perrotta ...
Italian Neighbor
Jean Kaufman ...
Jewish Neighbor
Miss MacGonnigle
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christine Brady ...
Nora's Mother (uncredited)
Susan Carr George ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Vegetable Vendor / Policeman (uncredited)
Piano Player (uncredited)
Rima Lyn ...
Dancing Elf (uncredited)
Courtney Pakiz ...
Elf (uncredited)
Elf (uncredited)

Directed by

Terry Hughes

Written by

Mark Saltzman ... (written by)

Produced by

Mark A. Burley ... supervising producer
Eric Ellenbogen ... co-producer
J. Boyce Harman Jr. ... producer
Priscilla Morgan ... associate producer
David Shaw ... executive producer

Music by

Jerry Herman

Cinematography by

Stephen M. Katz ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Stan Cole

Editorial Department

Viv Kim ... negative cutting
Mary Pritchard ... first assistant editor
Yelena Lanskaya ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Allison Cowitt
Mike Fenton

Production Design by

Hub Braden

Art Direction by

Mary Dodson

Set Decoration by

Ellen Totleben

Costume Design by

Bob Mackie

Makeup Department

Robin Beauchesne ... key makeup artist
Renate Leuschner ... wigs: Ms. Lansbury's
Lola 'Skip' McNalley ... hair stylist (as Lola 'Skip' McNalley)
Gloria Montemayor ... key hair stylist
Ray Sebastian ... makeup artist
Dorothy Andre ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Bridget Bergman ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Michael F. Blake ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jeff Cox ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Iris V. Gillispie ... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Timothy A. Miguel ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Cass Coty ... production supervisor
Dee D'Orazio ... post-production supervisor
J. Boyce Harman Jr. ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Algric Leo Chaplin ... second second assistant director (as Algric Chaplin)
Kevin Corcoran ... first assistant director
Martha L. Mericka ... second assistant director

Art Department

Roger Apperson ... construction coordinator
Richard Berentsen ... set designer
Ellen Freund ... property master
Craig Gadsby ... leadman
Tony Guastella ... leadman
Leslie Lawson ... paint foreperson
Tedi Tate ... assistant property master
Doug Vlaming ... construction foreman
Tom Jung ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Steve Purdy ... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Rich Romig ... set designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

Wayne Ardman ... re-recording mixer
Brian Bidder ... sound mixer
Robert L. Harman ... re-recording mixer (as Bob Harman)
Michael A. Patillo ... sound playback (as Michael Patillo)
J.R. Westen ... re-recording mixer
Glenn Young ... boom operator
Tim Chilton ... foley artist (uncredited)
Bob Costanza ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Tommy Goodwin ... foley mixer (uncredited)
Dennis Sager ... adr engineer (uncredited)
Dean St. John ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

James Reedy ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

Stephanie Powell ... visual effects supervisor
Lon Tinney ... visual effects producer
Matt Haslam ... visual effects (uncredited)


Chere Rae ... stunt double: Ms. Lansbury's

Camera and Electrical Department

Marshall Adams ... gaffer
Steve Barnes ... camera operator (as Steven Barnes)
Matthew Devitt ... best boy grip
Bill Finger ... first assistant cameraman (as William Finger)
Michael Goldman ... best boy grip
Dennis Grow ... rigging gaffer
Bill Layton ... camera operator
Richard A. Ludt ... grip
Randall Marcus ... still photographer
Robin Melhuish ... first assistant cameraman
Andrew Smith ... best boy electric
Michael Starkey ... rigging grip
R. Michael Stringer ... grip (uncredited)
Keith Talley ... key grip (as Keith A. Talley)
Neal Wilde ... grip
Michael Bratkowski ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Ray Brown ... grip (uncredited)
Steve Cooke ... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Starkey ... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Maliz van Ooyen ... second assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

Rachel Davies ... casting assistant
Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Mary Fleming ... costumer: Ms. Lansbury's
James Gadd ... wardrobe supervisor
Lisa Tomczeszyn ... assistant costume designer
Eilish Zebrasky ... wardrobe supervisor

Music Department

Larry Blank ... music supervisor / orchestrator
Alice Borden ... audition vocalist
Dennis Dreith ... additional orchestrator
Patti Fidelibus ... music copyist (as Pat Fidelibus)
Sooky Fidelibus ... music copyist
Mark Green ... music editor
Jerry Herman ... lyricist / musical supervisor
Steve Lively ... vocal contractor
Don Pippin ... conductor / music producer
John Richards ... music mixer / music recordist
Jeff Shannon ... assistant scoring engineer
Joe Soldo ... orchestra contractor / orchestra manager
Rick Winquest ... scoring mixer

Transportation Department

Bobby Jo Cawley ... transportation coordinator
James D. D'Amico ... transportation coordinator (as James D'Amico)
Bruce Callahan ... driver (uncredited)
Mel Langford ... production driver (uncredited)
Lowell D. Smith ... driver: cast trailer (uncredited)

Other crew

Stefan Dessalines ... key production assistant
Betty A. Griffin ... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott-Griffin)
David Krane ... dance arranger
Asaf Landau ... key production assistant
Jack Lilley ... boss wrangler
Rob Marshall ... choreography
Billy Martin ... key production assistant
Barney McNulty ... cue cards
Sarah M. Miles ... assistant choreographer (as Sarah Miles)
Dorothy Morey ... assistant: David Shaw
Stephanie Neroes ... accounting assistant
Gayle Phelps ... trainer
Juanita Presley ... production associate
Lynnet Price ... production coordinator (as Lynnet Marie Price)
Rod Ripley ... key production assistant
Todd Schroeder ... voice coach: Ms. Lansbury's
Chip Touhey ... key production assistant (as John 'Chip' Touhey)
Pamela Varney ... assistant: Mr. Burley
Katherine Wallace ... executive assistant: Ms. Lansbury
Elise Ganz ... studio teacher (uncredited)
Matthew Howard ... adr loop group (uncredited)
Lauren Lim Jackson ... dancer (uncredited)
Mike Montesano ... on-set medic (uncredited)
Robert Penrose ... on-set medic (uncredited)
Michael Picarella ... production assistant (uncredited)
John Plant ... craft service (uncredited)
Maurice Schwartzman ... lead dancer (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Maman Noël (France)
  • La señora Santa Claus (Spain)
  • Doamna Moş Crăciun (Romania)
  • Мiсiс Санта Клаус (Ukraine)
  • La señora navidad (Argentina)
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  • 90 min
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Trivia Establishing the 1910-1912 era was a major decision for the costuming, because Terry Hughes had also suggested the 1919-1920's to establish the period musical. The '20's meant the Flapper period in costuming. Bob Mackie determined the "teens" was a better period "skirt look" than the '20's shorter hem line which would effect Angela's appearance, hair and wardrobe. Bob Mackie's Christmas green and red costume color palette dramatically determined the set's color range. Production Designer Hub Braden was confronted with the Universal Studios New York back-lot exteriors' color condition. The previous film company using the NY Street had painted all the exteriors in fresh coats of "city slicker contemporary" whites, grays, bright paint colors. New York City research for 1910 established "a look for" the NY City streets' building facades awash with a coal dust dirty patina. Specific building facades-exteriors chosen were repainted with variations of warm values either in muted rose or mistletoe green shades, alternating with beige and the color of "reindeer tan" shades. Iron fire-escapes added to the exterior buildings for cast members to be elevated above the street level for the production value in the musical street choreographed marches and dancing patterns. Establishing a conglomeration of Irish, Italian and Jewish neighborhood celebrating the holiday spirit, strings of bare bulbs were strung across the streets. With period Street Lamps, to justify a source light for all the night filming. 1910 dictated horse drawn wagons, carts, carriages instead of vintage motorized vehicles. The December snow required more selected areas for set dressing effects, which included watered down streets from melting snow... allowing planes of water pools reflecting for camera angles. Rehearsing the group marchers for the women's suffrage liberation issues were scheduled for morning activities, with summer morning temperatures near mid-90 to 100 degrees. Progressive filming of the street sequences required much patience for both cast, crowd and dance extras, animals, crew, and production personnel. Scheduling the day and night street filming became a critical lighting factor because of temperature, the sun and shadow path angles reflected for the point of view shooting direction for the multiple - main camera, for second and third camera positions. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Praise Mrs. Claus See more »
Quotes Mrs. Santa Claus: [takes Nora aside] I have to go now, sweetheart.
Nora Kilkenny: All right, I'll see you tomorrow.
Mrs. Santa Claus: Actually, I'm going back home.
Nora Kilkenny: But you can't go! Not yet!
Mrs. Santa Claus: Someone back home really needs me. Now, don't worry, I haven't forgotten. I still have presents for you and the other kids.
Nora Kilkenny: Will I ever see you again?
Mrs. Santa Claus: Oh, I hope so. In the meantime, when you look up at the evening sky, and you see a star. You'll know who I'm thinking of.
[hugs Nora goodbye]
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