Hold Back the Dawn
Hold Back the Dawn (1941)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 26, 1941
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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

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TV Guide

A touching and memorable film, this brilliant romance offers evocative performances by Boyer and de Havilland.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Emanuel Levy

Billy Wilder co-wrote but didn't direct this Oscar-nominated border drama, starring Charles Boyer and Olivia de Havilland.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

This romantic weepie is both moving and effectively stylish.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
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… More
jay nixon
Lovely drama with some really beautiful acting particularly from Olivia de Havilland. You catch a quick glimpse of an absolutely beautiful Veronica Lake,… More
Stella Dallas
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… More