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(Date Posted:10/03/2006 05:53)

Does anyone here remember a Christmas movie back in the 1960s called THE CHRISTMAS THAT ALMOST WASN'T? I recall that the man who hosted a TV series called BIRTHDAY HOUSE was in the film. I also recall the TV commercials for the film where a man decorating a lamp-post looks down at Santa Claus who tells him that "Christmas isn't coming this year..." which was certainly NOT the kind of thing a kid would ever want to hear, even in a movie,approaching the holiday season!I remember seeing it during a Saturday "kiddie"matineewith another flick called SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS and a few old holiday cartoons, one of which Iknow was a veryearly cartoonversion of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER and THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.Man, I must be getting old! Anyone else recall either of these twomovies?
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(Date Posted:10/03/2006 08:46)

Hey buddy, I'm older than you, and I have to say that I don't have any recollection of these two movies at all. They seem interesting though, and they're both on DVD.

I'll have to get a little NETFLIX thing going on this.

I mean the Guru stumped? -- Well, we'll just have none of that!

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(Date Posted:10/03/2006 15:11)

"The Christmas that almost wasn't"  If I remember correctly, it would come into theatres around Christmas time.  i remember the commercials vividly--the scene you describe, and another with 2 girls skipping along.  I wonder if Netflix has it?  For some reason I never got to see it as a kid (folks prob couldn't afford to let us go, I guess), but there's no time like the present.

 

My fav Christmas show is "Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol" :-)

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(Date Posted:10/03/2006 16:27)

I have "The Christmas That almost Wasn't" on DVD. Although I recall watching the movie sometime before on Showtime and was not very impressed watching it as an adult,it was becuase of those commercials on TV that showed coming attractions of the movie when it was in theaters that that was what actually made me want to buy it. I just felt it had a place in my Xmas video collection. Unfortunately,the movie was not a big hit. I guess it might be somewhat appealing to the kids(maybe). The movie was italian and starred Rosanno Brazzi as a villain who tries to evict Santa Claus from the north pole. Paul Tripp is the good man who tries to help Santa raise money to keep his home and before Xmas day arrives. All in all the movie is worth a look,but in my opinion it's just not what i consider the best of the best. Alistair Sim,where are you????
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(Date Posted:10/03/2006 18:36)

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I'm 48 and remember those movies too, another favorite of mine was the MGM "War Time" Christmas Cartoons.  "Peace On Earth" "The Peachy Cobbler" "Alias St. Nick" "The Pups Christmas"  The bad thing about The Christmas That Almost Wasn't, when it was released on DVD, the first few seconds of the opening were blacked out, but the music was still playing.  I contacted Hen's Tooth Video and they told me that  when they bought the rights for the movie, the Print they used had some copyright issue at the beginning of the movie or something and rather than start the movie without the music, they decided to just black out the video of the fiirst few seconds..  I had the movie on VHS when it first came out several years ago, but sold it on eBay after I bought the DVD, not knowing that the first few seconds on the DVD would be blacked out.  Also though the movie is in english, but all the credits are in Italian
Does anyone here remember a Christmas movie back in the 1960s called THE CHRISTMAS THAT ALMOST WASN'T? I recall that the man who hosted a TV series called BIRTHDAY HOUSE was in the film. I also recall the TV commercials for the film where a man decorating a lamp-post looks down at Santa Claus who tells him that "Christmas isn't coming this year..." which was certainly NOT the kind of thing a kid would ever want to hear, even in a movie,approaching the holiday season!I remember seeing it during a Saturday "kiddie"matineewith another flick called SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS and a few old holiday cartoons, one of which Iknow was a veryearly cartoonversion of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER and THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.Man, I must be getting old! Anyone else recall either of these twomovies?
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(Date Posted:10/04/2006 18:41)

I have seen both of these movies. For those who have seen "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" may I recommend that you see the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of it which is available on a 2 DVD set from Rhino entitled Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Essentials. It is very funny. As for "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't", I too have the Hen's Tooth Video DVD and was wondering what was up with the first few seconds of the film being black while the opening music played. Thanks for letting me know why that was the case. However, Hen's Tooth Video should have come up with a print of the film which had the English opening and closing credits instead of Italian. The HBO Video VHS version has the English credits as well as the opening seconds (that included the logo for Childhood Productions who distributed the film in the U.S.) which were missing from the Hen's Tooth Video DVD version.
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(Date Posted:10/04/2006 21:37)

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I have seen both of these movies. For those who have seen "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" may I recommend that you see the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of it which is available on a 2 DVD set from Rhino entitled Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Essentials. It is very funny. As for "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't", I too have the Hen's Tooth Video DVD and was wondering what was up with the first few seconds of the film being black while the opening music played. Thanks for letting me know why that was the case. However, Hen's Tooth Video should have come up with a print of the film which had the English opening and closing credits instead of Italian. The HBO Video VHS version has the English credits as well as the opening seconds (that included the logo for Childhood Productions who distributed the film in the U.S.) which were missing from the Hen's Tooth Video DVD version
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(Date Posted:10/04/2006 21:45)

I wish I had kept my VHS of The Christmas That Almost Wasn't.  I do believe that I have it on a beta tape that I recorded off Showtime one year, but the quality isn't the same.  When I called Hen's Tooth Video they told me that the Italian print with the credits in Italian was the best of the prints that they had to choose from..  If I remember correctly, on the one that aired on Showtime and the one I had on VHS, there was a slight glitch/pause in one of the scenes with the elves coming out of the workshop. I think it was the first time that Mr. Prune came to see if Santa had the rent money yet.  The DVD doesn't have that glitch but it would've been nice to see the full opening screen rather than a blacked out one for the first few seconds.

Susan aka Christmas Always

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