The Boudoir Diplomat

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The Boudoir Diplomat
Directed by Malcolm St. Clair
Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.
Written by Fritz Gottwald (play)
Rudolph Lothar (play)
Benjamin Glazer
Tom Reed
Starring Betty Compson
Mary Duncan
Ian Keith
Lawrence Grant
Lionel Belmore
Jeanette Loff
George Beranger
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • December 5, 1930 (1930-12-05)
Country United States
Language English

The Boudoir Diplomat is a 1930 American romantic comedy film directed by Malcolm St. Clair, produced and distributed by Universal Pictures, from the play The Command To Love by Fritz Gottwald and Rudolph Lothar.[1]

The film is preserved at the Library of Congress.[2]


Ian Keith plays a French military attaché in Madrid who romantically pursues the wives of various government officials. Betty Compson and Mary Duncan play the objects of his attention.


The film opened to much fan-fare on December 5, 1930. According to Mordaunt Hall's review of the film, the lobby in New York's showcase theater, the Globe, was elaborately decorated for the film's run "with pink silk and photographs with violet borders."[3]

Alternate Version[edit]

The film was remade during production into three alternate-language versions. Boudoir diplomatique was the French-language version, starring Iván Petrovich and Arlette Marchal. It was directed by Marcel De Sano and released in 1931, and is not likely to have been screened publicly in the United States. A Spanish-language version of Boudoir Diplomat was released on February 13, 1931 as Don Juan diplomático. It was co-directed by George Melford (he would direct the 1931 Spanish-language version of Dracula) with Enrique Tovar Ávalos, and starred Miguel Faust Rocha, Lia Torá and Celia Montalván. Liebe auf Befehl, co-directed by Johannes Riemann and Ernst L. Frank, was the German-language version, starring Riemann along with Tala Birell and Olga Chekhova.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Detail view of Movies Page". Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  2. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artist Collection at The Library of Congress page 20, c.1978; by The American Film Institute
  3. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (1930-12-08). "Movie Review - - THE SCREEN; The Patriot. Audacity Triumphs". Retrieved 2017-01-19. 

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