Santa Claus

Santa Claus

José Moreno
Director: René Cardona Sr., K. Gordon Murray, Felipe Palmino
Cast: José Moreno
René Cardona Sr., K. Gordon Murray, Felipe Palmino,

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Overview

Yet another oddball Mexican fantasy brought to American audiences by cut-rate exploitation titan K. Gordon Murray, this seasonal tale concerns Santa Claus (Jose Elias Moreno), who we discover doesn't work out of the North Pole after all. Instead, Santa and his friend and associate Merlin the Magician have a base of operations in a castle orbiting the Earth on a small satellite, upon which they observe the activities of children both good and bad through an elaborate surveillance system. While kids all over the globe (most of whom apparently wear stereotypical native costumes at all times) are trying to be good, the Devil wants to increase youthful misbehavior. With this in mind, he sends his emissary Pitch (Cesareo Quezadas, aka Pulgarcito), a demon with a digestive problem, to Earth and Pitch starts his reign of terror by attempting to goad a little girl from a poor family into stealing the doll that she wants. Eventually, Santa and Merlin catch up with Pitch for a final battle of Good vs. Evil. Santa Claus also offers new insight into St. Nick's weight, eating habits, and mode of transportation; the film played the kiddie matinee circuit for years, and later was analyzed by Mike Nelson and his robot pals on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2011
UPC: 0089859849824
Original Release: 1959
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 0
Time: 2:59:00
Sales rank: 34,892

Special Features

Contains both the American K. Gordon Murray and original Mexican versions on one disc; Commentary by Daniel Griffith (K. Gordon Murray historian); Making of featurette; Animated stills gallery; Original Santa Claus theatrical trailer; TV and radio spots; Bonus Santa Claus novelty short subjects; Bonus K. Gordon Murray trailers; Bonus "A Howdy Doody Christmas" - classic Castle Films short subject

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
José Moreno Santa Claus
Jose Luis Aguirre Actor
Armando Arriola Actor
Antonio Díaz Conde Actor
Cesareo Quezada Actor
Ken Smith Narrator
Conde Hijo Actor
Angel di Steffano Actor
Lupita Quezadas Actor
Nora Veryan Actor
Polo Ortin Actor
Manuel Calvo Actor
Jose Carlos Mendez Actor
Jesus Brook Actor
Ruben Ramirez Actor
Queta Lavat Actor
Guillermo Bravo Sosa Actor
Graciela Lara Actor
Rosa Maria Aguilar Actor
Pablo Ferrel Actor
Juan Antonio Edwards Actor
K. Gordon Murray Actor

Technical Credits
René Cardona Director,Screenwriter
K. Gordon Murray Director,Producer
Felipe Palmino Director
Jorge Bustos Editor
Guillermo Calderon Producer
William Calderon Producer
Francisco Chillet Art Director
Antonio Díaz Conde Score Composer
Anthony Diaz Musical Direction/Supervision
Juan Fava Art Director
Jose Li-Ho Editor
Adolfo Torres Portillo Screenwriter
Raul Martinez Solares Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Santa Claus
1. Santa's Workshop [9:55]
2. The Devil's Dance [4:38]
3. Santa's Observation [6:12]
4. A Child's Dream [6:53]
5. Letters to Santa [7:28]
6. Preparations [8:43]
7. Santa's Departure [7:54]
8. Pitch's Interference [11:27]
9. The Rich Boy [8:21]
10. Mischief [7:53]
11. A Mad Dog [5:46]
12. One Last Stop [9:09]

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