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The Boudoir Diplomat
Alternate Title: Don Juan diplomático
Director: Malcolm St. Clair (Dir)
Release Date:   25 Dec 1930
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 5 Dec 1930; Los Angeles opening: 13 Dec 1930
Duration (in mins):   65
Duration (in feet):   6,093
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Betty Compson (Helene)  
    Mary Duncan (Mona)  
    Ian Keith (Baron Belmar)  
    Lawrence Grant (Ambassador)  
    Lionel Belmore (War Minister)  
    Jeanette Loff (Greta)  
    André Beranger (Potz)  

Summary: The ambassador of the Kingdom of Luvaria orders Baron Belmar, his attaché, to win the interest of Mona, wife of the war minister, who opposes a treaty the ambassador very much wants signed. However, his mission is complicated by the fact that Helene, the ambassador's wife, is extremely jealous of every woman he meets, for she was responsible for getting him his appointment as attaché. Belmar, nevertheless, is in love with Greta, who will not marry him until he is proven worthy of her trust. After many narrow escapes from exposure of the personal intrigue, he manages to sway the attentions of Mona, who persuades the war minister to sign the treaty, thus gaining Belmar an appointment as ambassador to Peru and Greta as his wife. 

Production Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Director: Malcolm St. Clair (Dir)
Producer: Carl Laemmle (Pres)
  Carl Laemmle Jr. (Prod)
Writer: Benjamin Glazer (Scr)
  Tom Reed (Scr)
  Benjamin Glazer (Dial)
  Tom Reed (Dial)
Photography: Karl Freund (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Maurice Pivar (Film ed)
Sound: C. Roy Hunter (Rec eng)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the play The Command to Love by Rudolph Lothar and Fritz Gottwald (New York, 20 Sep 1927).
Authors: Fritz Gottwald
  Rudolph Lothar

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Corp. 5/12/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP1785

Physical Properties: Sd: Movietone

Genre: Comedy-drama
Subjects (Major): Diplomats
  Mythical lands

Note: The Boudoir Diplomat also was filmed in Spanish, German and French-language versions. For additional information on those films, please consult the entry below for the Spanish-langauge version, Don Juan diplomático , directed by George Melford and starring Miguel Faust Rocha and Lia Torá. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   7 Dec 1930.   
Los Angeles Times   12 Dec 1930   p. 13.
New York Times   8 Dec 1930   p. 26.
Variety   10 Dec 1930   p. 15.

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