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Hold Back the Dawn

  • Film

Time Out says

As scripted by Brackett and Wilder and directed by the underrated Leisen (who appears, as himself, in a brief cameo as the Hollywood director to whom Boyer tries to sell his story), this romantic weepie is both moving and effectively stylish. Boyer's vaguely sinister charm is well deployed as the stateless Latin gigolo who tricks a plain-jane schoolmarm (de Havilland) into marriage purely in order to gain entry to the US from Mexico, while the depiction of their faltering relationship is achieved with a welcome degree of dark, ironic wit. But it's Leisen's assured, polished handling of a potentially soapy story that lends surprising conviction to the whole affair; so fluent is the narrative that disbelief at de Havilland's naiveté is suspended throughout.
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Release Details

  • Duration:115 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Mitchell Leisen
  • Screenwriter:Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder
  • Cast:
    • Charles Boyer
    • Olivia de Havilland
    • Paulette Goddard
    • Victor Francen
    • Walter Abel
    • Rosemary de Camp
    • Mitchell Leisen
    • Brian Donlevy
    • Veronica Lake
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