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Death Takes a Holiday (1934)

Passed | | 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.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Maxwell Anderson (screenplay), Gladys Lehman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fredric March ... Prince Sirki / Death
Evelyn Venable ... Grazia
Guy Standing ... Duke Lambert (as Sir Guy Standing)
Katharine Alexander ... Alda - La Contessa di Parma
Gail Patrick ... Rhoda Fenton
Helen Westley ... Stephanie
Kathleen Howard ... Princess Maria
Kent Taylor ... Corrado
Henry Travers ... Baron Cesarea
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... Eric Bagley (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
Otto Hoffman ... Fedele - the Butler (as Otto Hoffmann)
Edward Van Sloan ... Doctor Valle (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Death (Frederic March) 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 three days with Duke Lambert (Sir Guy Standing) 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 (Evelyn Venable), the beautiful young woman who 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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No one can die - while he makes love! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Edward Van Sloan was in studio records/casting call lists for the role of "Doctor Valle", but he never appears in the movie. 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

Grazia: [to Corradio about the shadow following their car] Let's lose it! Let's go fast enough to reach the unlimitable!
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Connections

Remade as Meet Joe Black (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet In G Minor, Op.10: III
(1894) (uncredited)
Music by Claude Debussy
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User Reviews

Far superior to the remake
4 August 2001 | by morticia-1See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 March 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange Holiday See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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