Hold Back the Dawn
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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 and pursue the woman he really loves. Boyer's regeneration, and the price he pays for his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You will enjoy it as a straight-away romance, crowded with most engaging characters and smoking with Mr. Boyer's charm."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A touching and memorable film, this brilliant romance offers evocative performances by Boyer and de Havilland."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Billy Wilder co-wrote but didn't direct this Oscar-nominated border drama, starring Charles Boyer and Olivia de Havilland."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This romantic weepie is both moving and effectively stylish."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
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