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Hold Back the Dawn (1941)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 26 September 1941 (USA)
Stopped in Mexico by U.S. Immigration, Georges Iscovescu hopes to get into the country by marrying a citizen.

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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Told in flashback from a preface in which the main character visits Paramount to sell his story! Romanian-French gigolo Georges Iscovescu wishes to enter the USA. Stopped in Mexico by the quota system, he decides to marry an American, then desert her and join his old partner Anita, who's done likewise. But after sweeping teacher Emmy Brown off her feet, he finds her so sweet that love and jealousy endanger his plans. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Memo to a Movie Director  »

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1.37 : 1
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Several years later when Billy Wilder teamed up with author Raymond Chandler to collaborate on the screenplay for Double Indemnity (1944), Wilder gave Chandler (who had no experience in writing screenplays) a copy of the Hold Back the Dawn script to help him learn how to craft a screenplay. See more »

Goofs

Boyer pulls over to read a sign on a pole over the road. However the writing is on the north side of the sign , he stops south of it and could not need it- The writing on the north of the sign is on the wrong side of the highway as its above the highway 101 north lanes, and would not be visible from the opposite, southbound lanes. See more »

Quotes

Georges Iscovescu: Emmy, I've always been full of words. You know, big ones, fancy ones. Just one more word: thanks.
Emmy Brown: No. You see, I come from a small town. We don't have any of those fine hotels. We eat at the drugstore. But, we leave a tip just the same.
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Connections

References I Wanted Wings (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

California, Here I Come
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
Played by the band during the celebration near the end
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A GREAT MOVIE! DVD please.
5 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is worth watching for the performances of Olivia deHavilland--unbelievably naive but Olivia has an internal sincerity that carries it off--and Charles Boyer--jaded and conniving but wonderful and romantic, a much better actor than is remembered. And Paulette Goddard too. Just watching these 3 actors in a movie is great fun. It's also an interesting and sympathetic view of a group of immigrants fleeing the war in Europe who had made it to Mexico with the hope of getting into the US. (The film came out in 1941--probably before the US had entered the war.) Boyer is Romanian, a dancer and gigolo who is broke and feeling hopeless by the time he meets Olivia, a teacher who has brought her students on a field trip to Mexico for the 4th of July (which seems like rather an odd choice when you think about it). And, there is some really tiresome interactions between the teacher and her quite incorrigible students--but hang on, it passes. Then we get to watch Boyer's insincere seduction of her and then her authentic seduction of him, the discovery of his trick and potential paradise lost. The ending? Boy, I'd love to know the story of that ending--was it the original as written? Please Paramount, put it out on DVD with commentary. Somebody must know. Anyway, despite its flaws, the performances are wonderful and it's a viewing pleasure. (Yes, a 10 is a little high for a rating--in quality, it's probably more like an 8, but in fun- value, I still give it 10, and maybe it will help get it DVDed.)


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