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Hold Back the Dawn (1941) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Mitchell Leisen and produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..

Academy Awards 1941 --- Ceremony Number 14 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressOlivia de HavillandNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Hans Dreier, Robert Usher; Interior Decoration: Sam ComerNominated
Best CinematographyLeo ToverNominated
Best Music - ScoringVictor YoungNominated
Best PictureParamountNominated
Best WritingCharles Brackett, Billy WilderNominated
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A Porta de Ouro / Hold Back the Dawn (1941)

By L? on Jul 3, 2018 From Critica Retro

A Porta de Ouro / Hold Back the Dawn (1941) Todo mundo merece um lugar ao sol? N?o sei ao certo, mas todo mundo quer um lugar ao sol. E geralmente a busca por este lugar cheio de alegria e satisfa??o envolve a migra??o. E o que acontece quando os imigrantes s?o parados no meio do caminho? Qu... Read full article


Hold Back the Dawn (Mitchell Leisen, 1941)

By Judy on Jul 2, 2016 From Movie Classics

Charles Boyer, Paulette Goddard and Olivia de Havilland Happy 100th birthday, Olivia de Havilland! This is my contribution to her centenary blogathon, being organised by The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Phyllis Loves Classic Movies. Please visit and read the other entries, which cover a wi... Read full article


Hold Back the Dawn (1941)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 5, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Hold Back the Dawn was written by the winning combination of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, but the director was actually Mitchell Leisen. That was the last time Wilder would let someone else take hold of his work. It’s actually rather meta, a film within a film. We see our director and a ... Read full article


Hold Back the Dawn (1941)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 5, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Hold Back the Dawn was written by the winning combination of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, but the director was actually Mitchell Leisen. That was the last time Wilder would let someone else take hold of his work. It’s actually rather meta, a film within a film. We see our director and a ... Read full article


Hold Back the Dawn

By Alyson on Apr 5, 2011 From The Best Picture Project

With hopes of entering the United States faster, Georges Iscovescu (Charles Boyer), originally from Romania, moves to a Mexico boarder town. ?As he applies for his visa, he learns that it will take five to eight years before he can become an American citizen. ?This feels like a prison sentence to hi... Read full article


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Georges Iscovescu: [having just let Anita know that he prefers the company of Emmy] You've got enough money to get you back to New York. I'll find you there when I'm ready.
Anita Dixon: Thanks! You just stand right in the middle of Times Square ... and whistle!


Georges Iscovescu: Your husband?
Anita Dixon: No. No, Shaughnessy was a jockey from Caliente. Five foot three. Once over the border, I went to a judge. I said, a woman wants a man, not a radiator cap! Divorce granted, fifty dollars.


Anita Dixon: All those years with all the others, I've shut my eyes and thought of you.


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The hotel in Tijuana where the immigrants wait anxiously for U.S. visas is the Hotel Esperanza. Esperanza is Spanish for "hope."
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.
A couple of promotional songs were published in connection with the film: "Hold Back the Dawn" by Richard Loring & Steven Cross, and "A Sinner Kissed an Angel" by Ray Joseph & Mack David.
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