Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

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Director: Nicholas Webster

Cast: James Cahill, Josip Elic, Lelia Martin

     
 

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Alien invaders kidnap everyone's favorite right jolly old elf in this low-budget mixture of children's comedy and sci-fi adventure. Christmas is not far away, and countless children are glued to their family's TV sets, watching reports about Santa Claus (John Call). However, this is happening on Mars, and leaders of the Red Planet aren't sure what to do for their kids… See more details below

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Alien invaders kidnap everyone's favorite right jolly old elf in this low-budget mixture of children's comedy and sci-fi adventure. Christmas is not far away, and countless children are glued to their family's TV sets, watching reports about Santa Claus (John Call). However, this is happening on Mars, and leaders of the Red Planet aren't sure what to do for their kids who are pining away for a visit from the gift-bearing earthling. Martian leader Kimar (Leonard Hicks) dispatches two of his emissaries, the chronically grumpy Voldar (Vincent Beck) and the moronically cheerful Dropo (Bill McCutcheon), to Earth to bring Santa back for a visit. After arriving on Earth, Voldar and Dropo abduct two children, Betty (Donna Conforti) and Billy (Victor Stiles), and order the kids to show them the way to Santa's workshop, from which all three are taken to Mars against their will. As Santa, Betty, and Billy try to find a way back to Earth, Voldar becomes enraged with the Earth kids, while the children bond more comfortably with the intellectually-challenged Dropo. Shot on a shoestring budget on Long Island, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians has developed a rabid cult following over the years, and yes, it's true, Kimar's daughter Girmar really is played by a ten-year-old Pia Zadora.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians is a movie that, on its face -- simply based on its title, as well as its reputation -- seems difficult to defend. But if one allows for the fact that it is simply a goofy low-budget, independently-shot kids' film from 1964, the picture does offer a certain charm that eludes critics who are not able to find Hollywood professionalism or ideas (or expression of them) as profound as they would like. Allowing for the fact that no one involved -- even veteran television director Nicholas Webster -- was taking any of this too seriously (or was supposed to), the actors do try hard in their roles. And it's hard to criticize too deeply anyone's work in a movie as delightfully, charmingly (and disarmingly) silly as this. It is not Twentieth Century-Fox's Miracle On 34th Street or Come To The Stable but, rather, closer to a children's entertainment of its time -- as a demonstration of that underlying reality behind this film, the Wham-O Toy Company (source of the Frisbee and other successful toys of the time) provided a lot of the props and "alien" weapons; and any kid in 1964 would have instantly recognized their products. In short, don't look for art, high or otherwise here -- just entertainment, of a goofy, cheesy kind yes, but entertainment, and some old-fashioned silly fun. And love those actors for putting as much of themselves and their talents as they did into making it. Art is isn't, and great cinema, or even good cinema it isn't, but it is a fun way to spend 80 minutes on Christmas morning, especially for audience members who were kids in the 1960s.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2002
UPC:
0018111217392
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Delta
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:21:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cahill Rigna
Josip Elic Shim/Torg
Lelia Martin Momar
Christopher Month Bomar
Al Nesor Stobo
Pia Zadora Girmar
Charles G. Renn Hargo
Gene Lindsey Polar Bear
Vincent Beck Voldar
John Call Santa Claus
Donna Conforti Betty
Carl Don Von Green/Chochem
Leonard Hicks Kimar
Bill McCutcheon Dropo
Doris Rich Mrs. Claus
Victor Stiles Billy
Ned Wertimer TV News Announcer
Jamie Farr Stobo

Technical Credits
Nicholas Webster Director
Roy Alfred Songwriter
Milton DeLugg Score Composer,Songwriter
George Fiala Makeup
Maurice Gordon Art Director
William Henry Editor
Paul L. Jacobson Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Arnold Leeds Producer
Joseph E. Levine Producer
Glenville Mareth Screenwriter
Ramse Mostoller Costumes/Costume Designer
David Quaid Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Meet Santa Claus [5:46]
2. Childrens of Mars [4:11]
3. Wisdom of Centuries [5:29]
4. Operation: Santa Claus [9:26]
5. Billy and Betty [4:08]
6. Warn Santa [7:38]
7. Santa's Kidnapped [7:52]
8. Santa's in Danger [7:41]
9. Ho Ho Ho [3:46]
10. Other Plans [6:55]
11. Wrong Santa [6:32]
12. Retaliation [10:20]

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