Enjoy Christmas Day with SANTA CLAUS (Complete 1959 Movie)


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Merry Christmas! I’ve got one more present for you to unwrap, and it’s a doozy! It’s the Mexican fantasy film SANTA CLAUS, brought to you by K. Gordon Murray, the enterprising film distributor who made a career out of unleashing South-of-the-Border lensed luchadore and children’s flicks on  American audiences. SANTA CLAUS made oodles of money for good ol’ K. Gordon, and he rereleased it every few years to bank oodles more!

In this version of the Kris Kringle legend, Santa Claus lives in a castle up in the clouds above the North Pole, and has enlisted children from all over the world to work at Toyland, where they make all the toys for good girls & boys (can you say “slave labor”?). Santa inadvertently summons up The Devil Himself (here called Mr. Pitch), who does his best (worst?) to get kids to misbehave and piss off Jolly Ol’ St. Nick…

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Holiday Scenes That I Love: Christmas in Mayberry


Every classic sitcom had a holiday-themed episode, and THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW was no exception. Andy and Ellie (Elinor Donahue) sing “Away in a Manger” and Aunt Bee serves up some home cookin’ for a family in trouble, while crotchety old Ben Weaver (the great character actor Will Wright) is on the outside looking in. It’s a perfect example of what made this show so great, and includes a guest appearance by Santa Claus… sort of!

4 Shots From 4 Holidays Films: Santa Claus, Babes in Toyland, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, Scrooge


4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films is all about letting the visuals do the talking.

4 Shots From 4 Holiday Films

Santa Claus (1959, dir by Rene Cardona)

Santa Claus (1959, dir by Rene Cardona)

Babes in Toyland (1961, dir by Jack Donohue)

Babes in Toyland (1961, dir by Jack Donohue)

Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964, dir by Nicholas Webster)

Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964, dir by Nicholas Webster)

Scrooge (1970, dir by Ronald Neame)

Scrooge (1970, dir by Ronald Neame)

Let’s Watch Santa Claus Conquers The Martians!


Hooray for Santy Claus!

We have a few traditions here at the Shattered Lens.  Every Halloween, for instance, we feature Night of the Living Dead.  And every Christmas Eve, we watch a little film from 19644 called Santa Claus Conquers The Martians!

Or, as Santa himself might put it, “Oh me, oh my…”

Enjoy!