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The Man in the Santa Claus Suit

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Director  Corey Allen
Music director  Peter Matz
Language  English
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Screenplay  George Kirgo
Country  United States
Release date  December 23, 1979 (1979-12-23)
Writer  Leonard Gershe (story), George Kirgo
Cast  Fred Astaire (Santa Claus), Gary Burghoff (Bob Willis), John Byner (Stan Summerville), Bert Convy (Gil Travis), Tara Buckman (Polly Primer), Brooke Bundy (Linda Travis)
Similar movies  The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Santa Clause, Arthur Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, Elf, Silent Night, Deadly Night

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The Man in the Santa Claus Suit is a 1979 American made-for-television fantasy drama film starring Fred Astaire (in his final television appearance), Gary Burghoff, John Byner and Bert Convy about three different men (a fugitive tramp, a lonely schoolteacher and a divorced father) who all purchase Santa Claus suits for various reasons. The film was originally broadcast on NBC on December 23, 1979.


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The man in the santa claus suit 1979


The mysterious owner of a New York costume store (Astaire) sells Santa suits to three different men. He later shows up in various roles (chauffeur, policeman, jeweler, hot dog vendor, taxi driver, floor walker and choral director) to help the men change their lives.

Bob Willis (Burghoff) is a math teacher who is madly in love with a young fashion model and prominent figure in the disco scene, Polly Primer (Buckman). Polly, however, is already engaged to marry wealthy and handsome Rod Sanborn (Greenan). He hopes to impress her by showing up in a Santa suit, but withdraws when he learns of Rod's marriage proposal to her. Polly is not sure to marry Rod and hints to Bob that she longs for being swept away by another guy, but Bob is too shy to act on it. Realizing he would lose her forever to Rod, he interrupts her at a fashion show and tells her he loves her. Polly then reveals having fallen in love with him ever since he first spoke about math, and she accepts his marriage proposal.

Stan Summerville was once a promising chef cook, but is now a homeless crook who owes money to criminals Babyskin (Barth) and Bruno Betinger (Feinberg). Stan buys a Santa Claus suit in order to hide from them, and while his friend Eddie (Vitte) distracts the criminals, he breaks into a wealthy residence to rob the people who live there. Residents are Dora (Fabray) and Dickie Dayton (Gould), a once poor couple who became millionaires after striking oil. They love performing and disapprove of their bratty grandchildren Melissa (Lytton) and Lance (Petersen), remembering the days that they did hard labor to earn money. Because of once being poor, they sympathize with Stan - despite him holding them at gunpoint - and they decide to nurse him back to health after their butler Chandler (Wells) hits Stan unconscious. While Stan restores his faith in humankind due to the hospitality of the Daytons, Babyskin and Bruno track him to the mansion. Ultimately, Melissa and Lance save the day by attacking the criminals, and the police reward Stan with $25,000 for capturing the wanted criminals.

Gil Travis (Convy) is a busy politician who works for the Senator, and buys a Santa suit to surprise his estranged son Terry (Gower) on Christmas Eve in between his tight working schedule. His wife Linda (Bundy) separated from him because he was never home, and Terry is equally as estranged to him. Both Gil and Linda long for the days when Gil was a struggling writer whose novel only sold fourteen copies; though their happiness was defined by love instead of money. During Christmas, he shows Linda that he has learned to put family first, by ignoring his work to tuck his son into bed.

In the end, the costume shop owner reveals himself to be Santa Claus as he flies into the night aboard his sleigh.

Show Tunes

The Daytons sing a variety of show tunes including:

  • "Mississippi Mud"
  • "The Sidewalks of New York"
  • "I Love My Baby, My Baby Loves Me"
  • Cast

  • Fred Astaire in nine roles (costume shop owner, chauffeur, policeman, jeweler, hot dog vendor, taxi driver, floor walker, choral director and Santa Claus)
  • Gary Burghoff as Bob Willis
  • John Byner as Stan Summerville
  • Bert Convy as Gil Travis
  • Tara Buckman as Polly Primer
  • Brooke Bundy as Linda Travis
  • Eddie Barth as Babyskin
  • Ron Feinberg as Bruno Betinger
  • Nanette Fabray as Dora Dayton
  • Harold Gould as Dickie Dayton
  • Ray Vitte as Eddie
  • Debbie Lytton as Melissa
  • Patrick Petersen as Lance
  • Danny Wells as Chandler
  • Carlo Imperato as Dom
  • Andre Gower as Terry Travis
  • David Greenan as Rod Sanborn
  • Majel Barrett as Miss Forsythe
  • References

    The Man in the Santa Claus Suit Wikipedia
    The Man in the Santa Claus Suit IMDb The Man in the Santa Claus Suit

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