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Death Takes a Holiday (1934)

Death Takes a Holiday (1934)




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In this filmization of Alberto Casella's play, Death assumes human form in order to discover why men fear him. Posing as a Prince Sirki, Death appears as a house guest at an Italian duke's villa. While "Sirki" is present, Death takes his titular holiday, and no one on Earth dies.

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Fredric March
as Prince Sirki
Guy Standing
as Duke Lambert
Helen Westley
as Stephanie
Kathleen Howard
as Princess Maria
Kent Taylor
as Corrado
Henry Travers
as Baron Cesarea
Edward Van Sloan
as Doctor Valle
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Critic Reviews for Death Takes a Holiday

All Critics (6)

A lofty but transfixing allegory, the film remains captivating because its central plot device is so different from most movies, then or now.

June 14, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 a house guest that can't be gotten rid of

June 13, 2007

In this wearisome and predictable plot line, Death falls in love and bores us to death talking about it.

December 27, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Mitchell Leisen's surprisingly complex (especially with its brief 79 minute running time) film has proven itself immune to both time and remakes.

August 21, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Death Takes a Holiday

A mite stagy with occasional theatrical performances but still a compelling allegory about the mysteries of life and death.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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starts out great, fascinating conceit and frederic march has the right air of underlying menace but the tone is too melodramatic and lead actress evelyn venable is really kind of annoying. it's got a ways to go to be worse than remake 'meet joe black' with brad pitt and anthony hopkins tho

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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