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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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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 15, 1949 with Charles Boyer reprising his film role. 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 »

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Anita Dixon: I walked out on him, Georges. He wanted to buy me a pair of earrings. Suddenly, I couldn't stand his fingers another minute.
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Referenced in Sullivan's Travels (1941) See more »

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California, Here I Come
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
Played by the band during the celebration near the end
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If ever an Oscar nominated film could be considered a hidden gem, this is it
8 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Charles Boyer is a Romanian playboy, stuck in Mexico while he tries to get a VISA to enter the United States, a process which normally takes years. He runs into an old friend (Paulette Goddard) who tells him that she gained her U.S. citizenship by conning someone into to marrying her, and later dumping him.

In walks Olivia de Havilland (who received an Oscar nomination), playing a lonely (how?!) school teacher who's taken her students on a field trip over the border into Mexico. So, Boyer romances de Havilland as the means to his end. Walter Abel plays an immigration official who's suspicious of Goddard, and then Boyer's motives.

There is also a pregnant woman (Rosemary DeCamp), who also wants to get into the U.S., with whom Abel must deal.

Directed by Michael Leisen, and featuring an Oscar nominated Screenplay by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, the film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, as was its B&W Cinematography, Art Direction-Interior Decoration, and Score.


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