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The Christmas Visitor

UK, 1958 (MIFF 1960, Programme 8)

Director: John Halas

A cartoon film which belongs wholly to the spirit of a child's Christmas. Having entered in traditional fashion by the chimney and filled the children's stockings, Father Christmas rests his weary shoul­ders and enjoys a supper laid for him. The toys in his sack now unwrap themselves and come to life.

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