• Charles Boyer and Olivia de Havilland, in one of the most handsome marriages-of-convenience on record

Tomorrow night at 7:30 PM Northwest Chicago Film Society will present Hold Back the Dawn, a 1941 drama cowritten by Billy Wilder just a few years before he started directing movies of his own. It’s the sort of neglected studio-era movie in which the local programming organization has come to specialize, and it serves—like other recent NCFS selections Gunman’s Walk and The Walls of Jericho—as a reminder of how our received knowledge of American film history is so streamlined. Though largely forgotten today, director Mitchell Leisen was a prolific and respected Hollywood player from the 1930s to the 1950s, and he worked with plenty of top-shelf talent. Besides filming two other Wilder-Charles Brackett screenplays (Midnight and Arise, My Love), he shot two by Preston Sturges (Easy Living and Remember the Night) and frequently directed such notable stars as Fred MacMurray, Claudette Colbert, and Olivia de Havilland. Perhaps this screening will inspire local moviegoers to look into his body of work.