The Gay Diplomat

  • 1931
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Spy

Suavely continental supporting actor Lebedeff plays his first starring role as a handsome captain in the Russian army during WW I, dispatched to Bucharest to trap an important spy--a veritable Mata Hari. In a confusing plot, the charming captain encounters a number of beautiful, sophisticated ladies, any one of whom could be his quarry. Ultimately, the...read more

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Suavely continental supporting actor Lebedeff plays his first starring role as a handsome captain in the Russian army during WW I, dispatched to Bucharest to trap an important spy--a veritable Mata Hari. In a confusing plot, the charming captain encounters a number of beautiful,

sophisticated ladies, any one of whom could be his quarry. Ultimately, the choice narrows down to Tobin and Compson, for either of whom a man might well forsake his allegiance to his country. The counterspy captain captures both, Compson for her devilish deeds and Tobin for his heart's delight.

This film marked another debut, that of Pandro S. Berman in his first producing job (the task was known as "supervising" at the time; production was customarily credited to the studio entity itself). Berman, who went on to become RKO's stock company supervisor/producer, had been studio mogul

William LeBaron's assistant; he was assigned to this film when supervisor Henry Hobart walked off the job.

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