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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 »

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Box Office


$184,000 (estimated)
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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?


RKO borrowed Genevieve Tobin from Universal for this picture. See more »


Diana hands Ivan her invitation to the reception while the two are on the train. He reads it, holding the rectangular card horizontally (landscape mode). But in close-up the card is printed and held vertically (portrait mode). See more »


Captain Ivan Orloff: Bucharest has more than its share of lovely ladies.
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Opening credits are shown over an army on horseback, singing as they proceed. See more »

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odd WW I film
2 April 2019 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

A World War One flick.... Ivan Lebedeff is Captain Orloff. according to the card, we're at the russian front. Romania is the battle hotspot , and Orloff must go and assess the sitcheration. Lebedeff was actually born in russia, which is now Lithuania. apparently his real father was a bud to Nicolas, but we know that didn't end well. Orloff noses around, and tries to get the facts, but people start getting shot. and no-one is sure which for side the dead guy was working. Orloff and his uniform are always so perfectly clean and perfect. Co-stars Genevieve Tobin as the Countess. and scottish Colin Campbell as "Gamble", Orloff's trusty sidekick. and how is "Alma" (Betty Compson) involved ? it's a pretty good spy film, with lots of talking. not so much action. goes along like it started out as a written play. who can we trust? just like in wartime, no-one really knows. it's okay. Directed by Richard Boleslawski, who was ALSO born in russia, which is now poland. He died SO young at 47 from a heart attack. some twists and turns along the way. It's entertaining enough. it aint no shakespeare.

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