Gruen Guild Theater (1951–1953)
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Joe Santa Claus 

Disgusted that he's been moved from the hardware department to duties as a department store Santa Claus and angry that his wife wants to go to work and earn money, young father Joe Peters ... See full summary »

Directors:

Alex Gruenberg (as Alex Gruenberg), Axel Gruenberg (as Alex Gruenberg)

Writers:

Axel Gruenberg (teleplay) (as Alex Gruenberg), Howard J. Green (story)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Maria Palmer ... Maria Peters
Ray Montgomery ... Joe Peters
Houseley Stevenson ... Uncle Willy
Peter Brocco ... Mr. Grimes
Jeri Lou James Jeri Lou James ... Emma Peters (as Jeri James)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sigrid Gurie ... Ellen
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Storyline

Disgusted that he's been moved from the hardware department to duties as a department store Santa Claus and angry that his wife wants to go to work and earn money, young father Joe Peters deserts his family. While in his Santa role, Joe chances to meet his daughter and discovers what she really wants for Christmas. Written by David Bassler

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1951 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Peter Brocco's TV debut. See more »

Quotes

Joe Peters: What I mean is, I'm not the Santa Claus type.
Mr. Grimes: With whiskers, one Santa Claus is pretty much like another.
Joe Peters: Oh oh oh, sure, but-but wouldn't someone older be better for you, someone like, well, Uncle Billy? Yeah - that's your man for you!
Mr. Grimes: It is the view of the front office that you are more expendible than Uncle Willy.
Joe Peters: Expendible?
Mr. Grimes: A janitor's work is never finished, Mr. Peters, whereas the hardware department is scarcely the mecca of Christmas shoppers.
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Wow....Joe is a real angry putz!
3 June 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although few have heard of it today, the first television network was the DuMont Network. Although NBC and CBS had been around in radio for years, their entry into television followed DuMont. But DuMont was poor by comparison and eventually the network folded in 1956. Many of the programs they made were destroyed in a fire...so shows like "Joe Santa Claus" are some of the few remaining artifacts from DuMont.

When the show begins, Joe is working for a department store. When his boss tells him he's being transferred to the toy department and will play Santa, you'd think he'd be thrilled but Joe is a grouchy jerk and is loathe to be Santa. The nice janitor cannot understand why Joe hates being Santa and Joe then tells him a story about his marriage and child...things Joe screwed up because of his chronic anger. In fact, Joe has lots of reasons to be happy but instead he's chosen to alienate himself from his loving family and has become miserable. Can playing Santa somehow help to redeem his nasty spirit?

Despite the audience hating Joe for most of the show, what eventually occurs is both heartwarming AND makes the show worth finding. Well made.


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