Santa Claus at the Movies

By | Dec 11, 2008

Silent Santa’s:
SANTA CLAUS AND THE CHILDREN (1898)
SANTA CLAUS (1899)
SANTA CLAUS FILLING STOCKINGS (1897)
SANTA CLAUS’ VISIT (1900)
WAITING FOR SANTA CLAUS (1901)
AN UNEXPECTED SANTA CLAUS (1908)
A TRAP FOR SANTA CLAUS (1909)
THE ADVENTURE OF THE WRONG SANTA CLAUS (1914)
SANTA CLAUS VS. CUPID (1915)
THE DETECTIVE’S SANTA CLAUS (1924)
SANTA CLAUS (1925)
THERE AIN’T NO SANTA CLAUS (1926, with Charley Chase)

The 30s
The 1934 Hal Roach film BABES IN TOYLAND (1934), starring Laurel and Hardy had the boys working for Santa Claus. Also in the 30’s these short subjects or cartoons
SANTA’S WORKSHOP (1932)
THE SHANTY WHERE SANTY CLAUS LIVES (1933)
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1933)
CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR (1938)

The 40s
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947) with a young Natalie Wood who instructs the unfaithful on the true joy of believing. Edmund Gwemm will be the picture of Kris Kringle in many minds. Even though it’s an obvious Christmas Movie, the film makers originally released it in May, because more people went to the movies in the summer than at Christmas time.

Also in the 40’s was the first film appearance of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in Dave Fleischer cartoon version of the classic children’s story.

The 60s
In the 1960’s Santa Claus appeared in many movies one of the most memorable one was SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS made in 1964.

SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE (1985)
This was an attempt to make a big-movie Blockbuster. Made by the same production company that produced the Superman movies. Even though it is a seasonal regular when released the film was a bust. The first part of the movie showing the origins of the Legend is good, but the rest is simply light-hearted camp.

Disney’s Santa Clause Trilogy
The Santa Clause (1994), The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause III (2006). Tim Allen’s comedy about an ordinary man who find the real Santa dead, puts on the coat and becomes Santa is fun. Although the story may not have needed two sequels. In the first sequel he needs to find a wife to remain Santa and in the third Jack Frost wants his job.


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