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Hold Back the Dawn

Hold Back the Dawn (1941)

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Hold Back the Dawn begins with a shabby immigrant (Charles Boyer) wandering onto a Paramount sound stage and telling his life story to director Mitchell Leisen (who actually directed this film). In flashback, we see that Boyer was once a conscienceless gigolo, desperate to flee Nazi-occupied Europe. He makes it to Mexico, where he pretends to fall in love with shy schoolteacher Olivia de Havilland. It is his plan to marry her, thus be able to enter the United States; then he intends to dump her

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Drama, Romance, Classics

Ketti Frings, Charles Brackett

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (0)

You will enjoy it as a straight-away romance, crowded with most engaging characters and smoking with Mr. Boyer's charm.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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While Hold Back the Dawn is basically another European refugee yarn, scenarists Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder exercised some ingenuity and imagination and Ketty Frings' original emerges as fine celluloidia.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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This romantic weepie is both moving and effectively stylish.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A touching and memorable film, this brilliant romance offers evocative performances by Boyer and de Havilland.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Billy Wilder co-wrote but didn't direct this Oscar-nominated border drama, starring Charles Boyer and Olivia de Havilland.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Audience Reviews for Hold Back the Dawn

Charles Boyer is very good in this moving melodrama. I think he gets overlooked as an actor sometimes. Nice to see Olivia de Havilland sans hoop dress. Worth tracking down, TCM shows occasionally.
April 9, 2011
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a superior melodrama way under the radar. charles boyer is highly effective as a gigolo hoping to enter the u.s. by marrying a citizen. enter innocent schoolteacher olivia de havilland. paulette godard is fun as boyer's partner in crime, but their cynical plans soon go awry. most of the film takes place in mexico with lots of local color
April 6, 2011
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