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Death Takes a Holiday (1934)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 30 March 1934 (USA)
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.... See full summary »

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Grazia
Guy Standing ...
Duke Lambert (as Sir Guy Standing)
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Alda
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Rhoda
Helen Westley ...
Kathleen Howard ...
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Corrado
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G.P. Huntley ...
Eric (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
Otto Hoffman ...
Fedele (as Otto Hoffmann)
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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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30 March 1934 (USA)  »

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Strange Holiday  »

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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 and make another Sign of the Cross, something they both would have done in real life. See more »

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Duke Lambert: Why do you do this?
Death: For a number of reasons. For one thing, to discover why men fear me as they do.
Duke Lambert: Don't you know?
Death: How should I know? What could terror mean to me, who have nothing to fear?
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Remade as Death Takes a Holiday (1971) 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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Dark and Romantic
2 April 2004 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

I have watched this movie many times over the years and I continue to love it, even more than the remake `Meet Joe Black' with Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins (On it's own a great movie with wonderful actors).

However, In this original movie, `Death Takes A Holiday' the title role is played by the incredibly talented Fredric March, as he portrays an intensely charismatic Death/Prince Sirki. Here you will find an innocent, charming stranger who is learning from his host and the guests surrounding him yet is also imparting his own knowledge and wisdom.

The path Death has taken is a journey in which all of us partake. What makes us human? What brings us joy and happiness in this lifetime? All that Death has ever seen of our world is fear as he greets those who enter his world. So, he enters our world to see and feel what more there is to our existence. In fact, we could learn a great deal from the character Death, for he reminds us of that which we take for granted in this life, and is denied to him as Death.

`Death Takes A Holiday' may seem dark and forbidding but it is filled with hope that is encouraging; and love which should follow us past this life and into the next.


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