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Death Takes a Holiday
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Maxwell Anderson (screenplay) and
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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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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Far superior to the remake See more (34 total) »


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

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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. It's initial television broadcast took place in Los Angeles Tuesday 6 January 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2). In Detroit it first aired 19 October 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Seattle 20 October 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in San Francisco 30 January 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5), in New York City 2 February 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2), in St. Louis 11 February 1960 on KMOX (Channel 4), in Philadelphia 11 April 1960 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Toledo 26 April 1960 on WTOL and finally by Chicago 10 October 1960 on WBBM (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 24 November 2009 as part of the Universal Vault Series and has also been granted an occasional airing on Turner Classic Movies during the intervening years.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 , something they both would have done in real life.See more »
Death:There is something about me that men fear and that makes them cling to their existence. I must find out what it is.See more »
Movie Connections:
String Quartet In G Minor, Op.10: IIISee more »


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Far superior to the remake, 4 August 2001
Author: morticia-1 from Texas

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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