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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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(story "Memo to a Movie Producer"), | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Storyline

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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paramount paid $5000 for Ketti Frings' story "Memo to a Movie Producer," before any novel was published. The working title of the movie therefore was "Memo to a Movie Producer," but was changed to "Hold Back the Dawn" when the novel was published before the movie was released. See more »

Goofs

When Anita is sitting on Georges' lap at the typewriter, a moving shadow of the boom microphone can be seen in the mirror behind them. See more »

Quotes

Emmy Brown: [Waking in morning] What is it? What are you doing here? You have no right to be here.
Georges Iscovescu: Of course, I have no right to be here. No right to sit watching your face, longing to write it a poem. No right to listen to disturb your heart. No right to tell you that - I love you very much.
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Referenced in Sullivan's Travels (1941) See more »

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My Boy My Boy
(1941)
Music by Fred Spielman
Written for this movie but not sung; it may have been played in the score
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A little-known gem
10 March 1999 | by (Athens, Georgia) – See all my reviews

One of the all-time great tearjerkers, this film satisfies on many levels: it offers a truly involving and emotionally moving story, an abundance of well-drawn and complex characters, an unusual setting, and three excellent stars (Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland, and Paulette Goddard). Boyer's character narrates much of the film, describing how he woos and weds sweet schoolteacher de Havilland in order to gain American citizenship, and this device allows us to listen in as his jaded, mercenary persona mellows and purifies under the influence of his innocent bride. Full of wry humor and a colorful supporting cast, this film deserves to be better known.


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