London based American nurse, Susan, Lady Ashwood, is at the hospital awaiting the imminent arrival of injured soldiers. She is hoping that her enlisted son, Sir John Ashwood, who resembles ... See full summary »
Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, has passed on his love of music to his four early adult daughters - Thea, Emma, Kay and Ann - who live with him and his sister, the ... See full summary »
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
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The original script included an early scene where Charles Boyer talks to a cockroach in his room. Boyer dismissed the scene as idiotic and convinced director Mitchell Leisen to delete it; screenwriters Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett were so incensed at Leisen for giving in they resolved to direct and produce their own movies from then on. See more »
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 »
It is a sad reflection that many of the movies made so long ago still
compare brilliantly with the best of today. "Hold Back the Dawn" is one of
those - superbly put together by Billy Wilder & Charles Brackett, and with
some of the finest acting of 1941. Outtanding are Charles Boyer, in what I
feel is his best acting, and Olivia de Havilland who apparently had to go to
Paramount to be appreciated (her two Oscar films were made there, and she
was nominated also for this one!) is a standout. Paulette Goddard in a role
almost written for her was very good, and the supporting cast was excellent.
Migrants trying to get into the United States has always been a hot topic,
but here it is treated sympathetically in a very informative way. I have to
say the ending was not well done, and one gets the feeling all was not well
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