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Hold Back the Dawn

116 min | USA:125 min (copyright length)
Drama | Romance
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Mitchell Leisen
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 1 win
Country: USA
Release Date: 1941-09-26
Filming Locations: Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center - 1200 N. State Street, Los Angeles, California, USA
Charles Boyer
Georges Iscovescu
Olivia de Havilland
Emmy Brown
Paulette Goddard
Anita Dixon
Victor Francen
Van Den Luecken
Walter Abel
Inspector Hammock
Curt Bois
Rosemary DeCamp
Berta Kurz
Eric Feldary
Josef Kurz
Nestor Paiva
Fred Flores
Eva Puig
Micheline Cheirel
Madeleine Lebeau
Billy Lee
Mikhail Rasumny
Charles Arnt
Mr. John MacAdams
Arthur Loft
Mr. Elvestad
Mitchell Leisen
Mr. Dwight Saxon
Norman Ainsley
Waiter with Tray (uncredited)
George Anderson
Emmy's Doctor (uncredited)
Leon Belasco
Mr. Spitzer (uncredited)
Karin Booth
Girl at Desk (uncredited)
Bobby Callahan
Child (uncredited)
Stephen Chase
Cop in Patrol Car (uncredited)
Russ Clark
Cop in Patrol Car (uncredited)
Chester Clute
Man in Climax Bar (uncredited)
Frank Dae
Horace - Elderly Kiwanis Gentleman (uncredited)
Gordon De Main
Immigration Guard (uncredited)
Donald Douglas
Joe (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee
Policeman (uncredited)
William D. Faralla
Assistant Director (uncredited)
Martin Faust
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Edward Fielding
American Consul (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri
Mexican Priest (uncredited)
James Flavin
Immigration Guard (uncredited)
John Hamilton
Mac - Studio Receptionist (uncredited)
Mitchell Ingraham
Kiwanis Group Member (uncredited)
Soledad Jiménez
Old Peón's Wife (uncredited)
Kitty Kelly
American Lady at Bullfight (uncredited)
Veronica Lake
Movie Actress (uncredited)
Harold Landon
Studio Tour Guide
Reigh Lang
Child (uncredited)
Young Mexican Bridegroom (uncredited)
John Mari
Corpse (uncredited)
Francisco Marán
Mexican Doctor (uncredited)
Buddy Messinger
Hospital Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Ella Neal
Bride (uncredited)
Mrs. Wilfrid North
Elderly Kiwanis Gentleman's Wife (uncredited)
Jean Phillips
Nurse at Desk (uncredited)
June Pickerell
Mrs. Brown (uncredited)
Daniel Rea
Ox-Cart Driver (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore
Clarence - Driver of Car (uncredited)
Tony Roux
Third Mechanic (uncredited)
Plácido Sequeiros
Old Peón (uncredited)
Harry Shannon
American Immigration Official (uncredited)
Jesús Topete
Second Mechanic (uncredited)
Jay Tucker
Suicide Victim (uncredited)
Carlos Villarías
Mexican Judge (uncredited)
Pauline Wagner
Nurse (uncredited)
Richard Webb
Movie Actor in Role of Jeff (uncredited)
June Wilkins
Vivienne Worthington (uncredited)
Sonny Boy Williams
Sam (uncredited)
Did you know?
Paramount paid $5000 for Ketti Frings' story "Memo to a Movie Producer," before any novel was published. The working title of the movie therefore was "Memo to a Movie Producer," but was changed to "Hold Back the Dawn" when the novel was published before the movie was released.
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 4, 1950 with Olivia de Havilland and Charles Boyer reprising their film roles.
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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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Anita Dixon: All those years with all the others, I've shut my eyes and thought of you.
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Emmy Brown: [to Anita] You see, I come from a small town. We don't have any of those fine hotels. We eat at the drugstore... But we leave a tip just the same.
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Georges Iscovescu: Your husband?
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Photos from cast
Brian Donlevy Gertrude Astor
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