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The Gay Diplomat (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 22 August 1931 (USA)
Captain Orloff is sent to Bucharest to capture a Mata Hari type of spy, but many different women fit the bill and are attractive enough to make one question one's allegiance.

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(as Richard Boleslavsky)

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(adaptation), (additional dialogue)
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Countess Diana Dorchy
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Baroness Alma Corri
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Captain Ivan Orloff
Ilka Chase ...
Madame Blinis
Purnell Pratt ...
Colonel George Gorin
Colin Campbell ...
Gamble
Arthur Edmund Carewe ...
Suave Man (as Arthur Edmund Carew)
Edward Martindel ...
Ambassador
John St. Polis ...
General
Judith Vosselli ...
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Colonel
Rita La Roy ...
Natalie (as Rita LaRoy)
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Captain Orloff is sent to Bucharest to capture a Mata Hari type of spy, but many different women fit the bill and are attractive enough to make one question one's allegiance.

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22 August 1931 (USA)  »

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Kisses by Command  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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According to producer Pandro S. Berman, the filmmakers were aware that the picture was a "disaster" from the start, and were therefore stunned when audience preview cards came back raving about the talents of leading man Ivan Lebedeff, comparing him to Rudolph Valentino. Later he discovered that Lebedeff had in fact stolen the cards and written all the comments himself. See more »

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worst leading man?
17 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This odd film plays like an operetta, but without the music.With Ivan Lebedeffs weird looks, thick accent, and stiff acting, its surprising he was ever given a lead role. I saw a documentary on RKO studios once, in which someone claimed that Lebedoff got hold of some of the studios audience review cards, and filled them out himself, with such glowing comments as "...a new sensation. Ivan Lebedoff has "it". Did the studio executives fall for this? must be, it the ad-line was 'film fans voted him a star'. At any rate his other film appearances were in small roles, as princes, gigolos,etc. The women in the film are somewhat better. Betty Compson is effective as a femme-fatale type counterspy. Ilka Chase has a few brief comic moments.The heroine Genevieve Tobin is attractive, but has one wildly melodramatic moment in which she cries out to Lebedeff "What IS your mission??" which typifies some of the overacting in the early talkies.


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