Beloved Enemy

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For the 1994 novel of the same title, see Beloved Enemy (Ellen Jones)
Beloved Enemy
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Directed by H. C. Potter
Produced by Samuel Goldwyn
George Haight
Written by John Balderston
Rose Franken
William Brown Meloney
Starring Merle Oberon
Brian Aherne
David Niven
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • 1936 (1936)
Country United States
Language English

Beloved Enemy is a 1936 American drama film directed by H.C. Potter and starring Merle Oberon, Brian Aherne, and David Niven. It was loosely based on the life of Michael Collins.


During the Irish War of Independence in 1921, Irish rebel leader Dennis Riordan (Aherne) and English aristocrat Helen Drummond (Oberon) meet and fall in love. Riordan is pursued, however, by British army officer Captain Preston (Niven).

The original movie ended with Riordan getting shot and killed, but did not do well at the box office. A happier ending was also filmed which all subsequent versions have. The original cut has since been lost.

The movie has several comic relief scenes: after a raid on an IRA "safe house", British officers grumble about being not being able to find Riordan, who is in fact standing just behind them; when the Irish Delegation goes to a formal ball and is asked by the footman for their names to be announced, the delegation replies in Irish.

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