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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.


Richard Boleslawski (as Richard Boleslavsky)


Doris Anderson (adaptation), Alfred Jackson (additional dialogue)


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Complete credited cast:
Genevieve Tobin ... Countess Diana Dorchy
Betty Compson ... Baroness Alma Corri
Ivan Lebedeff ... Captain Ivan Orloff
Ilka Chase ... Madame Blinis
Purnell Pratt ... Colonel George Gorin
Colin Campbell Colin Campbell ... Gamble
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Suave Man (as Arthur Edmund Carew)
Edward Martindel ... Ambassador
John St. Polis ... General
Judith Vosselli ... Wife
George Irving ... Colonel
Rita La Roy ... Natalie (as Rita LaRoy)


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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Release Date:

22 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Strange Woman See more »


Box Office


$184,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


First on-screen credit for Pandro S. Berman. See more »


The story takes place in 1916, but all the women are coiffed and gowned in the style of 1931. See more »


Captain Ivan Orloff: The most amazing things in the world are found in ladies' handbags.
Countess Diana Dorchy: Oh, what a horrible liable.
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Stuffy and drab...and with a leading man who is about as alluring as an infestation of body lice!
31 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ivan Lebedeff stars in this boring little film. The worst part about "The Gay Diplomat" however, isn't how dull the project is but how horrible Lebedeff is in the movie. His strong accent often makes it tough to actually understand what he's saying and his charisma is totally lacking--so much so that you can understand why he didn't star in many films. What makes it all so funny is the IMDb trivia for the film in which apparently Lebedeff himself created false comment cards at an advanced screening in which they supposed viewers LOVED Lebedeff and his performance! If I had been the studio, I would have instantly known the cards were either phony or the folks writing it were insane...that's how bad Lebedeff was in the film!

The story, if you even care, is set in pre-revolutionary Russia and SOMEONE is getting battle plans to the enemy and the Russian troops are being slaughtered as a result. So, Captain Orloff (Lebedeff) is used as bait to try to expose the spy among them. But does anyone really even care?!

The bottom line is that you can almost certainly do better than this turkey. Sadly, Genevieve Tobin and the rest in the cast try...to absolutely no avail due to the dull script and inept direction (watch the ballroom scene and note the sound and acting and you'll see and hear what I mean).

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