"The Day They Captured Santa Claus" is the Christmas episode of the ABC sitcom McHale's Navy, produced and aired as the eleventh episode of its first season.


"Santa" McHale must practice some psychological warfare when he, the crew, Binghamton, and a war correspondent are captured by a Japanese patrol while on a mission to bring some Christmas joy to the children of a nearby orphanage.


Ernest BorgnineLt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
Joe FlynnCaptain Wallace B. Binghamton
Tim ConwayEnsign Charles Parker
Carl BallantineLester Gruber
Gary VinsonGeorge Christopher
Billy Sands'Tinker' Bell
Edson StrollVirgil Edwards
Gavin MacLeodHappy
John WrightWilly Moss
Yoshio YodaFuji Kobiaji
Bob HastingsLt. Elroy Carpenter
Anna LeePamela Parfrey
Noel DraytonThe Commander
Cherylene LeeTani
Tom CoundThe Aide
Joe FinniganBarney Skyler
Thomas BellinThe Co-Pilot
Bill SaitoThe Japanese Soldier
Yuki ShimodaMajor Simuru


The episode was made available on the McHale's Navy: Season 1 DVD set, released by Shout! Factory (under license from Universal) on March 20, 2007.

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