Cinema: The New Pictures: Jul. 17, 1939

On Borrowed Time (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), borrowed from the 1938 Broadway hit, is a rose-colored peek at the bourn Hollywood visited in Death Takes a Holiday. As gently as a mortician, but allowing itself an occasional smile, it presents Death as a softspoken, courteous gentleman ("Mr. Brink") equipped with an impeccable British accent. Its story is what might happen if an old man, tenacious of life, could get this urbane Grim Reaper trapped up an apple tree.

Mr. Brink (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) exercises his literally fatal charm on old Gramps' son and wife, but the old...

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