This post is part of the Reel Infatuation Blogathon hosted by Font and Frock and Silver Screenings. To read about more cinematic crushes, click here.
*To share a crush you have on a character
*The difficult part of this task was picking a character as opposed to an actor crush. (Sorry, Cary!)
My Reel Infatuation
Blame it on the political season, but my crush goes to a character who has strong convictions yet can listen to the other side of the story and--gasp!--change his course of action if it benefits the whole.
Dennis Riordan is an Irish rebellion leader during the Irish War of Independence from Great Britain in 1921. He meets and falls in love with British Lady Helen Drummond (Merle Oberon), who helps him see the value of the two countries reaching a compromise in order to avoid additional lives lost.
Lady Helen pleads with Dennis to do what is right and cooperate with a peace treaty between the Irish Republic and Britain.
In addition to high ideals and a willingness to sacrifice self for the greater good, it doesn't hurt that Dennis is a cutie and has a sexy Irish accent (although Aherne is actually British).
Dennis has my heart in this clip (via TCM).
When Dennis shares his vision of the future with Helen, my heart melts: a house in the Irish countryside, a spirited woman (yep, that's me), and children. Oh, and he writes poetry! *sigh* All reasons why Dennis Riordan is my reel infatuation.
Ciao til next time!