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September 5, 2016
Original romantic drama based around the old immigration system.
jjnxn
Super Reviewer
½ July 7, 2014
Lovely drama with some really beautiful acting particularly from Olivia de Havilland. You catch a quick glimpse of an absolutely beautiful Veronica Lake, peekaboo bang firmly in place, filming a scene for her breakthrough movie I Wanted Wings at the very beginning of the film. She shimmers like the sun in her brief seconds on scene.
April 21, 2013
Easy romantic film with Charles Boyer and Olivia de Havilland (both great). Centered around a gigolo's desire to immigrate to America. Filmed in Mexico. Very enjoyable. How can it be that more than 70 years later and immigration is still a hot topic?
½ April 4, 2013
Wonderful drama with 2 very good leads.
½ March 9, 2013
I remember catching this yeas ago on AMC and being very excited since this Billy Wilder/Charles Brackett scripted film had never been release on video. Years later and about four video formats later, "Hold Back the Dawn" still hasn't seen a US video release so I was again happy to catch it on TCM. The film is unmistakably a Wilder/Brackett script, with it's sharp dialogue and pervasively cynical attitude toward human nature. Charles Boyer is a foreigner national trying to gain entry into the US by marrying American Olivia de Havilland. Paulette Goddard plays a professional "dance partner" who befriends Boyer and plants the idea of marrying a citizen and then getting a quickie divorce. And as most love triangles go in movies, it doesn't go well. It's a great cast, with my favorite being the under appreciated Paulette Goddard, and a smart script adding up to just about as good a soaper as you're going to get. And that's director Mitchell Leisen on the opening Hollywood soundstage sequence, directing Veronica Lake and Brian Donlevy in nice little cameos.
February 19, 2013
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.
April 5, 2012
Charles Boyer plays this gigolo ancious to get to the United States and is marooned in a Mexican border town. He tries to meet other women to charm them, and here comes Olivia de Havilland, a teacher from a California town taking a bunch of school children to Mexico, and still somehow gets hooked up with Boyer, alas helping him to get into the US at last, but along the way, things kind of get a bit complicated, and de Havilland believes this marriage is on the level. Paulette Goddard plays another immigrant who plays the same scam and tries to get into partnership with him; real nice sad and sappy melodrama.
July 27, 2011
Not very many people called this movie good. Oh, wait, nobody called this movie anything, cause nobody remembers it!
Super Reviewer
April 9, 2011
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.
rubystevens
Super Reviewer
April 6, 2011
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
February 25, 2011
ok romance drama best pic nominee
September 27, 2008
Darkly comic, with great performances by Boyer and Goddard as sleazy grifters. The US-Mexican border issues are shockingly relevant. The whole thing is framed by a ludicrous and gimmicky set-up, and the rushed ending is pretty predictable and silly in light of the rest of the film, but it's totally worth a viewing if you can find it.
½ July 15, 2008
a tab bit long but sweet and interesting. I just love that Veronica is in the first scene.
Super Reviewer
July 3, 2008
want to see this because it was nominated for best picture at the oscars
July 25, 2007
Charles Boyer plays this gigolo ancious to get to the United States and is marooned in a Mexican border town. He tries to meet other women to charm them, and here comes Olivia de Havilland, a teacher from a California town taking a bunch of school children to Mexico, and still somehow gets hooked up with Boyer, alas helping him to get into the US at last, but along the way, things kind of get a bit complicated, and de Havilland believes this marriage is on the level. Paulette Goddard plays another immigrant who plays the same scam and tries to get into partnership with him; real nice sad and sappy melodrama.
June 21, 2007
Very strong romance.
Super Reviewer
June 20, 2007
Fantastic! I think this is one of Boyer's best!
April 21, 2007
Beautiful story with unforgettable actors
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