Hold Back the Dawn (1941) is told in flashback by Boyer's character, Georges Iscovescu. It begins on a Paramount sound stage in Hollywood. Georges, in dire financial need, is attempting to sell his story to a movie director he once meant. (Playing the part is the film's actual director, Mitchell Leisen - who is first seen directing Veronica Lake in a scene from her first film, "I Wanted Wings".)
Georges and Anita make plans to join up in America once he has gained entry and deserted Emmy, but there's a hitch - immigration Inspector Hammock (Walter Abel) starts sniffing around, suspicious of Georges' motive for the hasty marriage. To avoid any questions, Georges takes Emmy off on an impromptu honeymoon trip through the Mexican countryside - and finds himself falling in love with his bride.
When a very jealous Anita tips off Emmy as to the real state of affairs, Emmy flees in distress - and is in a serious car crash on the road back to her home town. When Georges is informed of her critical condition, he makes a desperate (and illegal) trip to save her, regardless of the consequences.
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