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The Boudoir Diplomat
Lobby card
Directed byMalcolm St. Clair
Produced byCarl Laemmle Jr.
Written byFritz Gottwald (play)
Rudolph Lothar (play)
Benjamin Glazer
Tom Reed
StarringBetty Compson
Mary Duncan
Ian Keith
Lawrence Grant
Lionel Belmore
Jeanette Loff
George Beranger
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • December 5, 1930 (1930-12-05)
CountryUnited States

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

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 Drácula) 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 January 19, 2017.
  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 (December 8, 1930). "Movie Review - - THE SCREEN; The Patriot. Audacity Triumphs". Retrieved January 19, 2017.
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