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Death Takes a Holiday (1934)

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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.... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Prince Sirki / Death
Evelyn Venable ...
Grazia
Guy Standing ...
Duke Lambert (as Sir Guy Standing)
Katharine Alexander ...
Alda
Gail Patrick ...
Rhoda
Helen Westley ...
Kathleen Howard ...
Princess Maria
Kent Taylor ...
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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Romance | Fantasy

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30 March 1934 (USA)  »

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Strange Holiday  »

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Baron Cesarea: [Corrado is driving the car at full speed] Apparently, my reward for a misspent life is not to be a peaceful death in bed!
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Referenced in Supernatural: Death Takes a Holiday (2009) See more »

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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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The best version that still stands today
21 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I see that many comments about this film mention the Brad Pitt version but not the made-for-TV 1971 film that had the same title as this one.It was good at the time but never came close to this jewel.That version really dealt with the fact that no one was dying and how all over the world no matter the catastrophe the sick,hurt,and injured lived on.For6 months I talked about getting a copy of 1934 movie off amazon.com with prices between $45-$130 all used.Passed but to my good luck I read a "Meet Joe Black" review and found out this movie was on the 2nd disc in the Ultimate Edition version.Best $11 I ever spent to see a classic 30's film.Fredrich March was wonderful and all the supporting players reminded me of the horror films classics of 30-40's that also had standout cast. I just love them.Since I'm not a Brad Pitt fan I probably won't watch his film-no offense but the super nova A-list actors just don't make me believe their character.All I see is Brad Pitt,Tom Cruise,George Clooney not the roles but that's just me -and yes I didn't see the Ocean films for that reason.I love this film!10 stars and if you like black & white classics like this watch Dodsworth,State of the Union & the earlier versions of Backstreet,Imitaion of Life and The Front Page.Funny thing is a movie from 1939 "On Borrowed Time" with Lionel Barrymore had a similar theme of Death walking the earth to collect someone but I didn't care for it. Funniest recent take on Death visiting is the "Family Guy" animated series.The shows with Death alone are worth the cost of the DVD collection.


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