First of all, Happy First Contact Day! Only forty-six more years until the Vulcans land in Montana! :D
Today would also have been Gregory Peck's 101st birthday. In honour of which, please have some screenshots of him as a young, ridiculously pretty priest, kneeling down and kissing his mentor's hand. ( moar pics (2), The Keys To The Kingdom, 1944 )
All from The Keys To The Kingdom, 1944. The one where he's looking up all puppy-dog-eyed like, "Please approve of me!" (which is pretty much the context) is doing
things to me. (Peck in a 1987 interview
: "I hadn’t learned how to relax and how to concentrate. All I had was sincerity." HELP)
File under: Oh, The Things I Would Do To That Man, subcategory: Please, Santa, I'll Be So Good.
And, you know, it's not that I find either the Pope or John Gielgud attractive in any way, but Peck does it again in The Scarlet & The Black (1983) (also one of my favourite movies ever):( moar pics (2), The Scarlet And The Black, 1983 )
The hair-petting, argh! The fact that this scene is a small moment of personal approval from someone the character respects, after a whole movie of incredible, inconspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice!
File under: I Don't Have A Fealty/Praise Kink, YOU DO
(According to Wikipedia
, in real life Gregory Peck was also outspoken against the House Un-American Activities Committee and was a faithful Catholic who disagreed with the church about contraception and abortion. While having excellent taste in women and an almost 50-year-long marriage. I'm fond.)