The Gay Diplomat (1931)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Spy Film  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Adventure  |   Release Date - Aug 22, 1931 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The Gay Diplomat was an attempt by RKO Radio to make a movie star out of Ivan Lebedeff, a Russian actor better suited to supporting roles as gigolos and stuffed shirts. Lebedeff plays a Russian military officer sent to Rumania to dispose of a beautiful female spy. Genevieve Tobin plays the suspected espionage agent; not surprisingly, Lebedeff falls in love with her and finds himself unable to carry out his mission. Just as well, since the real spy is another woman, played by Betty Compson. Henry Hobart, the original production supervisor of Gay Diplomat, was so upset by the film's inadequacies and by Lebedeff's lack of star quality that he walked off the project. His replacement was Pandro S. Berman, later the principal producer of RKO's wonderful Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musicals.



agent [representative], army, captain [military], capture, charm [personality], counter-espionage, encounter, espionage, femme-fatale, handsome, lady, love, man, military, mission [quest], officer, romance, Russia, Russian [nationality], suspect, trapped, traveling, woman