The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

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The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rossano Brazzi
Produced by Barry B. Yellen
A.J. Piccolo
Written by Paul Tripp
Starring Rossano Brazzi
Paul Tripp
Music by Bruno Nicolai
Cinematography Alvaro Mancori
Edited by Maurizio Lucidi
Distributed by Childhood Productions Inc.
Release dates
United States November 23, 1966
Running time
94 min. (89 min. in the USA)
Country U.S.A./Italy
Language English

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't is a 1966 film that stars Rossano Brazzi and Paul Tripp, and was originally released by Childhood Productions Inc., and re-released at theaters in 1970 as part of the "MGM Children's Matinees" film series.

On television, the movie had traditional December airings on Home Box Office (HBO) during the 1970s and early 1980s.[1] The title in Italian is known as 'Natale che quasi non fu'.

Alberto Rabagliati, Paul Tripp & Sonny Fox in "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't"


Phineas T. Prune is an old miser who holds the deed to the North Pole. It seems that Santa Claus is behind in paying his rent. Prune plans to have Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves evicted and keep the Christmas toys. Santa asks Sam Whipple for help. Can Whipple and the children around the world help Santa and prevent Christmas from being canceled?

Main cast[edit]


The film was directed by and stars Rossano Brazzi. The actual story was based on the book written by Paul Tripp, who also adapted it for the screen and stars in the film. The musical score was written by Bruno Nicolai which includes the title song sung by Glenn Yarbrough. In the USA, the film is rated G and has a running time of 89 minutes.

Home media[edit]


The film was released on DVD on October 7, 2003 to Region 1.[2]


The Christmas That Almost Wasn't was made available for streaming through Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.[3][4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Multiple December HBO Guides (1970s and 1980s)
  2. ^ Amazon: The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (DVD)
  3. ^ Netflix: The Christmas That Almost Wasn't Retrieved June 27, 2013
  4. ^ Amazon Instant Video: Christmas That Almost Wasn't Retrieved December 10, 2013