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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: 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.


Georges Iscovescu: [to Emmy] You needn't be afraid, Miss Brown. Not a bit. You see, we are like ... two trains, halted for a moment at the same station. But we're going in different directions. We can't change our course, any more than we can hold back the dawn.


Inspector Hammock: I'll be the doggonedest dog to end all doggoned dogs! Maybe I'm just dumb.


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Facts about

Mitchell Leisen joined the Screen Actors Guild so he could play the part of the director of I Wanted Wings, but he donated his acting wages to charity. The scene depicted from that movie was reshot specifically for inclusion in this movie.
The hotel in Tijuana where the immigrants wait anxiously for U.S. visas is the Hotel Esperanza. Esperanza is Spanish for "hope."
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 31, 1948 with Charles Boyer again reprising his film role.
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