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Death Takes a Holiday (1934)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 30 March 1934 (USA)
The Grim Reaper takes the form of a prince in an attempt to relate to humans and, along the way, also learns what it is to love.

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Grazia
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Duke Lambert (as Sir Guy Standing)
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Alda
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Rhoda
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Corrado
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G.P. Huntley ...
Eric (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
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Fedele (as Otto Hoffmann)
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Storyline

Death decides to take a holiday from his usual business to see what it is like to be a mortal. Posing as Prince Sirki, he spends 3 days with Duke Lambert and his guests at his dukal estate. Several of the women are attracted to the mysterious prince, but shy away from him when they sense his true nature. But Grazia, the beautiful young woman whom the Duke thought was to marry his son, loves him even when she knows who he is. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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prince | guest | love | holiday | death | See All (49) »

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HE LIVED FOR THREE DAYS...AND LOVED FOREVER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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30 March 1934 (USA)  »

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Strange Holiday  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 22, 1937 with Fredric March reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

In one of the opening scenes, Grazia is praying in a Catholic Church. She makes the Sign of the Cross and is meditating when Corrado joins her. When leaving, she fails to genuflect , something they both would have done in real life. See more »

Quotes

Death: There is something about me that men fear and that makes them cling to their existence. I must find out what it is.
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Connections

Referenced in Conan: Death Takes a Staycation (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Wein, Weib und Gesang (Wine, Women and Song), Op.333
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played as dance music at the party
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Far superior to the remake
4 August 2001 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I saw this film as a teenager and became an immediate Fredric March fan. I can't even imagine someone like Brad Pitt playing this haunting, romantic character. If you want to own this movie on DVD, though, the two-disc set of Meet Joe Black does contain a beautiful transfer of the original 1934 classic on the second disc in the set.


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