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The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
Actors: Mischa Auer, Lydia Brazzi, Adriano Cornelli, Antonio De Martino, Francesco Doria
Genres: Indie & Art House, Kids & Family
G     2003     1hr 29min

Studio: Henstooth Video Release Date: 10/07/2003 Run time: 93 minutes Rating: G


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Actors: Mischa Auer, Lydia Brazzi, Adriano Cornelli, Antonio De Martino, Francesco Doria
Genres: Indie & Art House, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Classics, Family Films
Studio: Henstooth Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/07/2003
Original Release Date: 11/23/1966
Theatrical Release Date: 11/23/1966
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Paul Tripp Saves Christmas in this Musical Yultide Classic!
Kevin S.Butler | Mamaroneck,New York,USA | 12/12/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Pioneer kids tv educator:Paul Tripp makes his leep to The big screen in this musical Christmas tale that is both heartwarming,funny and pogient. "The Christmast That Almost Wasn't"tells the story ofa mean and vindictive miser:"Phinease T.Prune"(played by romantic singing lead:Rosino Brazzi of "South Pacific Movie Fame).Who hates Christmas and Santa so much..thathe buys up the entire North Pole..Including Santa's work-shop and home and raises his rent bill so high! That Santa can't pay the rent and he hires a struggleinglawyer:"Sam Whipple"(Paul Tripp)to help him deal with "Mr.Prune". Seeing that "Prune"will not listen to reason and he refuses to disregard the rent bill. "Whipple"gets Santa a job at"Prim's Dept.Store"wherehe listens to the kids'Christmas wishes ,entertains themand helps to sell "Mr.Prim's"(played by another well knownkids tv personality:"Wonderama's","Just For Fun's"and "Let Take A Trip's"Sonny Fox)toys during the holidays. But "Mr.Prune"is not one to be foiled by two good guys. And he conspires with his manservant:"Bascome"toruin the plans of our heroes. Will he succeed in evicting The Clauses and theirworkers and ruin Christmas for everyone?! The film has a wonderful story and beautiful songsperformed by Mr.Tripp(who also wrote the tunes with Mr.Ray Carter),Mr.Brazzi and the actors playing
Santa and Mrs.Claus(Played by Mr.Brazzi's late wife Lida). The sets are dark but charming and the acting is superb. For anyone..who wants a truly charming and tunefulYultide Fantasy? This is the one film to have."
Brought back a lot of wonderful christmas memory's
Diane | West Seneca, NY United States | 07/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I remember as a child watching this movie over and over again sitting on the living room floor,looking from the t.v set to the kitchen repeatly and watching my mom spent hours putting up decorations in the kitchen and boxes being all over the place filled with decorations. Snow slowly falling out side. IT WAS ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!!! I remember the house smelling so extra clean. We were all so very happy.! The excitment of xmas,.....everything to look forward too.! Nothing to worry about in the world except going back to school and the xmas season being over with. My mom was aways doing her very best to make our xmas so wonderful and special for my sister and i. Now that I am in my late 30's, and my mother is now no longer living, I still go back to that time period in my mind and think how very special it was and will always be to me. This movie brings me back too that very moment everytime I think of xmas & or watch this movie. It holds a very special place in my heart. It teaches/showes us the power of giving and being nice when sometimes people are not nice nor giving in return. A must see.!"
Keep a tissue box handy!
Jeannie Barettt | New Jersey | 12/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My mother loves this movie, and she has shared that love with my sister and I since we were children. I have since watched this movie with my own children, and even though it is very dated, they find the story and the music as wonderful as I always have. It is a true Christmas classic, and like the ending of "Its a Wonderful Life," it still always brings me to tears. No matter what kind of mood you are in at the start, you will end up feeling happy, and good about life. Everything from the Music to the plot is wonderful, and even when I haven't seen the movie in a long time, I can find myself humming Paul Tripps song, Why can't every day be Christmas. This movie is everything a Christmas movie should be!"
The Xmas that Almost Wasn't
Dennis Mincin | Belleville, NJ USA | 03/25/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The movie is somewhat corny, but when your 11 years old and it comes around every year, you don't care. This movie was an annual tradition as Christmas shows go, like to March of the Wooden Soldiers and Charlie Brown. It mysteriously disappeared in the early to mid '70s. By then I was entering my late teens so I didn't care. But this is one of those TV shows that you need to see to help bring back those childhood images, like watching it in the living room of your parent's old apartment.

PS: does anyone know whatever happened to Paul Tripp?"