UPDATE: I’ve retired Prince Sirki’s use on the blog, but I’m not changing all of the old posts, so I thought I’d keep this page here anyway.
I noticed a few recent hits on my “Just Who is This Prince Sirki…” post from back when I first started up The Draconic Verses. Sadly, over the last few months I’ve invoked his name on numerous occasions, other than remembering someone’s anniversary. I figured it was long past due that His Highness got his own page here, at least introducing him to those of the uninitiated.
In Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, the late, great Forrest J. Ackerman would often write of the passing of old Masters (and Mistresses) of Horror and Science-Fiction, by saying that “Prince Sirki had visited them,” in the headline. Hey, if it was good enough for “Uncle Forry”, It’s good enough for me. But again, WHO is this mysterious Prince? For those of you who do not know, here is your answer.
Prince Sirki was the Earthly alias adopted by The Grim Reaper, as played by Frederick March in the classic film, Mitchell Leisen’s DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY (1934). In the film, Death decides to take a three day break from his duties to find out why mortals fear him. He adopts the guise of Prince Sirki and he stays at the estate of Duke Lambert. During his stay, he meets and discovers the lovely Grazia (Evelyn Venable) has fallen in love with him, and he, with her. The Duke, whose son was to marry Grazia, begs him to renounce his love and let her live. Death must decide to seek his own happiness or to sacrifice it to let Grazia live. I’ll leave it to you to watch it for the outcome.