Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001)

Santa Claude 

Claude Campbell, the hospital's janitor, is looking forward to play Santa Claus again, but Mark diagnoses him with terminal cancer.


Nancy Malone


Joyce Burditt (creator), Burt Prelutsky | 1 more credit »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Dr. Mark Sloan
Victoria Rowell ... Amanda Bentley-Livingston
Charlie Schlatter ... Dr. Jesse Travis
Barry Van Dyke ... Steve Sloan
Leon Russom ... Claude Campbell
Joanna Cassidy ... Madison Wesley
Joyce Brothers ... Dr. Hazeltine (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Scarlett Pomers ... Judy
Michael Ryan Way ... Johnathan Anders
Anthony Gordon Anthony Gordon ... 1st Homeless Guy
Gary Brussell Gary Brussell ... 2nd Homeless Guy
John Cirigliano ... 3rd Homeless Guy
Marty Fortney ... Bobby Joe Falwell
Evelyn Iocolano ... Charlene
Geoff Koch ... Willy Falwell


Claude Campbell, the hospital's janitor, is looking forward to play Santa Clause again, but Mark diagnoses him with terminal cancer. The preparations for Christmas festivities are difficult- Jesse bitches about the commercial side and social pressure, even more after someone breaks his car window and steals all his presents, but finally volunteers BBQ Bob's for a homeless dinner; Mark can't find any good voices for a barber shop quartet. Trying to get Claude eligible for assistance, Steve discovers his identity is false, he's actually Andrew Basevich, an escaped Missouri convict condemned for murdering his wife Sharon; he admits but claims he was innocent, which hypnotic regression seems to confirm. When a sheriff's deputy turns up for his extradition, Mark emotionally blackmails Steve to go investigate in St. Louis, decades late but against the clock. Even when he finds proof, the legal proceedings seem unstoppable until after Claudes six months prognosis expires... Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

christmas episode | christmas | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


Did You Know?


Claude's story of a man who was wrongfully convicted of the murder of his wife, and then subsequently escapes detention and eventually brings about the discovery of the true killer, is very similar to the story in The Fugitive. Richard Riehle, plays the the Missouri lawman and he also played the prison guard who was transporting Richard Kimble in the movie version of The Fugitive. See more »


Based on the warrant, this crime took place in the city of St. Louis, yet the man who came to pick up Claude is a St. Louis County Deputy Sheriff. The City of St. Louis seceded from St. Louis County in 1877 and didn't have a Sheriff's department. See more »


References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

User Reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

16 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Santa Claude See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Color | Black and White (flashback scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Everything That's New on Netflix in December

No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month.

See the full list

Recently Viewed