Friday, January 26, 2018

Death Takes a Holiday (1934)

Director: Mitchell Leisen

Writers: Maxwell Anderson, Gladys Lehman, Alberto Casella, Walter Ferris

Composers: Bernhard Kaun, John Leipold, Milan Roder

Starring: Frederic March, Evelyn Venable, Guy Standing, Katharine Alexander, Gail Patrick, Helen Westley, Kathleen Howard, Kent Taylor, Henry Travers, G.P. Huntley, Otto Hoffman

More info: IMDb


Plot: 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.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

It's an interesting yet predictable (except for maybe the ending) idea but it's marred with such melodramatic acting.  So many actors are either tap dancing on the line of overacting or they're embracing it.  Now I fully understand that this type of acting was prevalent back then but gee whiz.  If you close your eyes you can almost see the heads tilted back with the back of their hands pressed against their foreheads.  That aside, the movie's OK along with the pacing.  The opening special effects with the cars and the shadow were very nicely done.  That was the best part and then came an hour and twelve minutes of meh.

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