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Will the Real Santa Claus...? 

A burglar dressed as Santa. A drifter in a stable next door, gets accused for burgling. Nancy don't believe that this gentle man is guilty, so she starts looking for clues. A mysterious car around. Who and what is going on?

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Michael Pataki

Writer:

Michael Sloan
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Episode credited cast:
Pamela Sue Martin ... Nancy Drew
William Schallert ... Carson Drew
Dan O'Herlihy ... Griffin
Rick Springfield ... Ned Nickerson
Susan Buckner ... George Fayne
John Ericson ... Captain Rogers
William Campbell ... Markham
Jorge Moreno ... Peter Cortez
John Roper ... Lockhart
Walt Davis Walt Davis ... Stewart
Peter MacLean ... Pete Haviland
Sparky Marcus Sparky Marcus ... Charles
Missy Gold ... Grace
Antony Carbone ... Harry Champion (as Anthony Carbone)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shaun Cassidy ... Joe Hardy (credit only)
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A burglar dressed as Santa. A drifter in a stable next door, gets accused for burgling. Nancy don't believe that this gentle man is guilty, so she starts looking for clues. A mysterious car around. Who and what is going on?

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Family | Mystery

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Rick Springfield was added as Ned Nickerson, Nancy Drew's boyfriend in Season 2's "Will the Real Santa Claus?...." episode. This was one of the last appearances of Pamela Sue Anderson as Nancy in the series. See more »

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I may have to stop watching this show
14 August 2019 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

The Quick Pitch: A series of robberies is blamed on a drifter who claims to be Santa Claus. Nancy Drew sets out to find the real criminal.

I really hope that the rest of The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries episodes are better than the last two I've watched. After back-to-back duds, I'm not sure how much more of this I can take. There are so many problems I could write about, but my single biggest issue with Will the Real Santa Claus...? is the plot. It's just so stupid. The entire series is based on either Nancy or the Hardys using real clues, logic, and science to solve their mysteries. That all gets chucked out of the window. Here, with a completely straight face, we are supposed to believe that this hobo really is Santa Claus. His disappearances in front of witnesses, the sleigh tracks in the snow, and the constant references to his life as Santa are all too much. It's horrible writing. Add to that some painfully stiff acting on the part of guest Rick Springfield, the worst ADR imaginable, and a secondary plot that never goes anywhere, Will the Real Santa Claus...? is easily one of the worst episodes I've run into so far.

Looking back on what I just watched, I really can't come up with many positives. I suppose I did enjoy the scene where Nancy is chased through the house by the real robber. It's a fairly tense moment. Equally enjoyable were Pamela Sue Martin's skin-tight jeans. They're definitely worth mentioning.

3/10


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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1977 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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