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Death Takes a Holiday -- When the Grim Reaper (Fredric March) goes on a three-day holiday, he takes the form of a visiting prince and falls for a woman both in love with life and infatuated with death.


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Release Date:
30 March 1934 (USA) See more »
HE LIVED FOR THREE DAYS...AND LOVED FOREVER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Death decides to take a holiday from his usual business to see what it is like to be a mortal. Posing as Prince Sirki... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fredric March ... Prince Sirki / Death

Evelyn Venable ... Grazia
Guy Standing ... Duke Lambert (as Sir Guy Standing)
Katharine Alexander ... Alda
Gail Patrick ... Rhoda
Helen Westley ... Stephanie
Kathleen Howard ... Princess Maria

Kent Taylor ... Corrado

Henry Travers ... Baron Cesarea
G.P. Huntley ... Eric (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
Otto Hoffman ... Fedele (as Otto Hoffmann)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna De Linsky ... Cora - the Maid (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno ... Pietro - the Gardener (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley ... Manager of Casino (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... Flower Vendor (uncredited)

Directed by
Mitchell Leisen 
Writing credits
Maxwell Anderson (screenplay) and
Gladys Lehman (screenplay)

Alberto Casella (play "La Morte in vacanza")

Walter Ferris (english adaptation)

Produced by
Emanuel Cohen .... associate producer (uncredited)
E. Lloyd Sheldon .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited)
Milan Roder (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (photographed by)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
Ernst Fegté (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
Edith Head (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Gordon Jennings .... technical effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Karl Hajos .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
W. Franke Harling .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish subtitles (uncredited)
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish translation for dubbing (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
USA:Unrated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

"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 »
Factual errors: 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 »
Death:Now suddenly I know for the first time that men bear a dream within them, a dream that lifts them above their dust... and their little days.See more »
Movie Connections:
String Quartet In G Minor, Op.10: IIISee more »


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34 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Dark and Romantic, 2 April 2004
Author: tdldewitt-1 from Southern California

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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