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Death Takes a Holiday

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(ABC, 10/23/1971, 90 mins). In this updated remake of the 1934 movie that starred Fredric March, Death in human form comes to earth to learn why people hang onto life so tenaciously and unexpectedly falls in love with a beautiful young woman. The film reunited veteran actors Melvyn Douglas and Myrna Loy for the first time since the 1940s when they worked together in “Third Finger Left Hand” (1940) and “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” (1948). Based on Albert Casella’s 1928 play “La Morte in Vacanza.”

Production Company Universal Television. Director Robert Butler. Producer George Eckstein. Teleplay Rita Lakin. Based on a Play by Alberto Casella. Adapted by Walter Ferris. Photography Michael D. Margulies. Music Laurindo Almeida. Editor Michael Economou. Art Director Eugene Lourie.

Cast Yvette Mimieux (Peggy Chapman), Monte Markham (David Smith), Myrna Loy (Selena Chapman), Bert Convy (John Cummings), Melvyn Douglas (Judge Earl Chapman), Kerwin Mathews (Sen. Earl Chapman Jr.), Priscilla Pointer (Marion Chapman), Austin Willis (Martin Herndon), Colby Chester (Tony Chapman), Maureen Reagan (Ellen Chapman), Mario J. Machado (TV Announcer), Regis J. Cordic (TV Announcer).

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