Hold Back the Dawn

Hold Back the Dawn

Charles Boyer
Director: Mitchell Leisen Cast: Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer
, Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
, Paulette Goddard
Paulette Goddard
Mitchell Leisen


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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 previous callousness, brings Hold Back the Dawn to its tearful conclusion.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/2019
UPC: 0760137254386
Original Release: 1941
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 8,628

Special Features

New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin Love Knows No Borders, a newly filmmed video appreciation by film critic Geoff Andrew The John Player Lecture: Olivia de Havilland, a career spanning onstage audio interview with Olivia de Havilland recorded at the National Film Theatre in 1971 Rare hour-long radio adaptation of Hold Back the Dawn from 1941 starring Charles Boyer, Paulette Goddard and Susan Haywood Gallery of original stills and promotional images

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Boyer Georges Iscovescu
Olivia de Havilland Emmy Brown
Paulette Goddard Anita Dixon
Victor Francen Prof. Van Den Luecken
Walter Abel Inspector Hammock
Curt Bois Anatole Bonbois
Rosemary de Camp Berta Kurz
Nestor Paiva Flores
Eric Feldary Joseph Kurz
Micheline Cheirel Christine Van Den Luecken
Madeleine Le Beau Annie
Billy Lee Tony
Sonny Boy Williams Sam
Edward Fielding American Consul
Gertrude Astor Young Woman at Climax Bar
Donald Douglas Joe
Chester Clute Man
Jesus Topete Second mechanic
Tony Roux Third mechanic
Francisco Maran Mexican doctor
Carlos Villarias Mexican judge
Arthur Loft Mr. Elvestad
John Holland Mr. MacAdams
June Pickrell Mrs. Brown
Buddy Messinger Elevator Boy
George Anderson Emmy's doctor
Soledad Jiminez Old Peon's Wife
Eva Puig Lupita
Mikhail Rasumny Mechanic
Charles Arnt Mr. MacAdams
Mitchell Leisen Mr. Saxon
Leon Belasco Mr. Spitzer
Brian Donlevy Movie actor
Veronica Lake Movie actress
Ray Mala Husky Young Mexican Bridegroom
Ella Neal Bride
Richard Webb Movie actor
June Wilkins Vivienne Worthington

Technical Credits
Mitchell Leisen Director
Jimmy Berg Songwriter
Charles Brackett Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Doane Harrison Editor
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Hornblow Producer
Fred Jacobson Songwriter
Frank Loesser Songwriter
Fred Speilman Songwriter
Leo Tover Cinematographer
Robert Usher Art Director
Billy Wilder Screenwriter
Victor Young Score Composer

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