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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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Trivia

"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 31, 1946 with Olivia de Havilland reprising her film role. 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: I don't worry about you. Only for one thing, Georges.
Georges Iscovescu: Yes?
Emmy Brown: You smoke too much.
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Connections

Remade as Lux Video Theatre: Hold Back the Dawn (1954) 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 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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