The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (1966) - Family, Fantasy

Hohum Score

21

Watchable

Santa has to get a job as Santa to earn money to pay his overdue rent bill

IMDB: 3.5
Director: Rossano Brazzi
Stars: Paul Tripp, Lydia Brazzi
Length: 89 Minutes
PG Rating: G
Reviews: 3 out of 25 found boring (12%)

One-line Reviews (7)

I found Alberto Rabagliati to be a rather drab and depressive, even depressing, Santa, and in 1966 veteran character actor Mischa Auer was as frightening to behold as the Crypt Keeper himself.

My first time seeing it was tonight with the Mystery Science Theatre however and that was absolutely more enjoyable than the original would have been.

Anyway, while the film under review emerges as no unsung gem, it was a harmless and surprisingly engaging addition to the Yuletide movie lore, its plot also recalling the seasonal perennials MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947; in view of the fact that the real Santa Claus seeks employment in a department store to fill just that role!

If anyone ever has the chance to see this movie, I highly recommend it.

The colors in the movie were also very dark and drab.

My sisters and I dragged our poor mother out to see it for a few years running.

The characters are all very entertaining, and we enjoy the songs.