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Beloved Enemy (1936)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Drummond
Dennis Riordan
Karen Morley ...
Cathleen O'Brien
Henry Stephenson ...
Lord Athleigh
Capt. Gerald Preston
Jerome Cowan ...
Tim O'Rourke
Liam Burke
Jerry O'Brien (as Ra Hould)
Granville Bates ...
P.J. Kelly ...
Leo McCabe ...
Pat O'Malley ...
Patrick Callahan
Jack Mulhall ...
Claude King ...
Col. Loder
Wyndham Standing ...


After World War I Irish rebels launch an uprising with the aim of creating an Irish republic, independent of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. One of the rebellion's leaders and a beautiful aristocratic Englishwoman meet and - despite the enormous class, cultural, political and social differences between them - fall in love. Written by

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27 February 1937 (Sweden)  »

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Retired film star Eve Southern loaned Samuel Goldwyn a rare Rolls Royce for this film. See more »


Despite the fact that the film takes place in the 1916-1922 era, all of Merle Oberon's clothing and hairstyles are strictly in the contemporary 1936 fashion. See more »


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A story of Love and Intrigue.
13 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a fine film depicting the fictitious love affair between an English Lady and an Irish rebel leader in the 1920s. Merle Oberon gives an endearing performance as Lady Helen, who coincidentally meets Dennis Riordan (played by Brian Aherne) under false pretenses. They should have been enemies. She represented everything their respective sides were fighting against. But her charms beguiled him and when they each realize they are falling in love with the enemy, it is too late.

This is a story of star-crossed lovers, each having to decide between their moral convictions and a true love that may never come again. Brian Aherne is charismatic as the clever rebel leader. Henry Stephenson is perfect as Lord Athleigh, Helen's tough but wise father, sent to Dublin to settle the Irish uprising one way or another. David Niven is splendid in a supporting role as Gerald Preston, assistant to Lord Athleigh, only a year before he is to wow audiences as Captain von Tarlenheim in "The Prisoner of Zenda".

Although this is a love story, there is plenty of action and intrigue involving the hunt for Riordan and the rebels by the English.

If you like Merle Oberon, don't miss her in "The Divorce of Lady X" or "Wuthering Heights", both with Sir Laurence Olivier.

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