"Santa Claude" is an episode of Diagnosis Murder starring Dick Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell, and Charlie Schlatter. 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... See full summary »

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... Dr. Mark Sloan
... Amanda Bentley-Livingston
... Dr. Jesse Travis
... Steve Sloan
... Claude Campbell
... Madison Wesley
... Dr. Hazeltine (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
... Judy
... Johnathan Anders
Anthony Gordon ... 1st Homeless Guy
Gary Brussell ... 2nd Homeless Guy
... 3rd Homeless Guy
... Bobby Joe Falwell
... Charlene
... Willy Falwell
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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

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Crime | Mystery | Drama

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16 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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 »

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Under hypnosis, Claude says he didn't take his trip because "there was a tornado and all the flights were shut down." A tornado is a very brief event. Flights may be delayed, but they wouldn't be cancelled. See more »

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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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