Operation Diplomat (film)

Last updated

Operation Diplomat
Operation Diplomat FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by John Guillermin
Written by A. R. Rawlinson
John Guillermin
Based ona story by Francis Durbridge
Produced by Ernest G. Roy
Starring Guy Rolfe
Cinematography Gerald Gibbs
Edited byJoseph Sterling
Music by Wilfred Burns
Production
company
Nettleford
Distributed by Butcher's Film Service
Release dates
December 1953 (UK)
July 1954 (US) [1]
Running time
70 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Operation Diplomat is a 1953 British drama film directed by John Guillermin and produced by Ernest G. Roy. [2] [3] [4]

Contents

It was one of Guillermin's earliest movies. A profile on the director called it "perhaps the first example of prime Guillermin... a 70-minute programmer so tautly directed that every image counts, every detail matters, every actor's movement feels perfectly timed – a true gem." [5]

Plot summary

A surgeon operating on an unknown patient discovers he is involved in the kidnapping of a British diplomat. When his personal secretary is murdered for revealing the patient's identity, the police are called in.

Cast

Critical reception

The Monthly Film Bulletin called it an "energetic yet improbable figure with too many points left unexplained." [6]

TV Guide wrote, "this film is hard to swallow, but the nonstop action helps cover up the gaping holes in the plot." [7]

Filmink said "it's crisply done." [8]

Related Research Articles

<i>Miss Robin Hood</i> 1952 British film

Miss Robin Hood is a 1952 British comedy film directed by John Guillermin, and starring Margaret Rutherford and Richard Hearne. Other actors involved include Dora Bryan, James Robertson Justice, Peter Jones, Sid James, Reg Varney, Kenneth Connor and Michael Medwin. The film features a variety of unusual camera work such as unexpected extreme close-ups and fast motion sequences.

<i>House of Cards</i> (1968 film) 1969 film by John Guillermin

House of Cards is a 1968 American neo-noir crime film directed by John Guillermin and starring George Peppard, Inger Stevens, and Orson Welles. Filmed in France and Italy, it marked the third time that Peppard and Guillermin worked together then PJ.

<i>Emergency Call</i> (1952 film) 1952 film by Lewis Gilbert

Emergency Call is a 1952 British drama film directed by Lewis Gilbert and stars Jack Warner in a familiar role playing a policeman, Anthony Steel, Joy Shelton and Sid James as a dubious boxing promoter.

<i>The Crowded Day</i> 1954 British film

The Crowded Day is a 1954 British comedy drama film directed by John Guillermin and starring John Gregson, Joan Rice, Cyril Raymond and Josephine Griffin. The film follows a group of shopgirls working in Bunting and Hobbs, a London department store, during the Christmas shopping season. It was an attempt by Adelphi Films to move into bigger budgeted films. It was the last movie Guillermin directed for the company. It was released in the United States under the title Shop Spoiled.

<i>No Smoking</i> (1955 film) 1955 film by Henry Cass

No Smoking is a 1955 British comedy film directed by Henry Cass and starring Reg Dixon, Peter Martyn, Belinda Lee and Lionel Jeffries. It was produced by Tempean Films as a second feature. The film was shot at Southall Studios with sets designed by the art director Wilfred Arnold. Shortly after the production Lee was signed up for a contract with the Rank Organisation.

<i>Ghosts of Rome</i> 1961 film

Ghosts of Rome is a 1961 Italian comedy film directed by Antonio Pietrangeli. It was released in the UK in 1964 as The Phantom Lovers.

<i>Town on Trial</i> 1957 British film

Town on Trial is a 1957 British mystery film directed by John Guillermin and starring John Mills, Charles Coburn, Barbara Bates and Derek Farr. A whole town comes under suspicion when two grisly murders are carried out—particularly members of the local sports club.

<i>Portrait of Alison</i> 1956 British film

Portrait of Alison is a 1956 British atmospheric crime film directed by Guy Green. It was based on a BBC television series Portrait of Alison which aired the same year.

<i>Torment</i> (1950 British film) 1950 British film

Torment, is a 1950 British thriller film directed by John Guillermin and starring Dermot Walsh, Rona Anderson and John Bentley.

<i>Four Days</i> (film) 1951 British film

Four Days is a 1951 British drama film directed by John Guillermin. It was based on a play of the same name by Monckton Hoffe.

<i>Thunderstorm</i> (film) 1956 British film

Thunderstorm, also known as Tormenta, is a 1956 British drama film directed by John Guillermin and starring Carlos Thompson, Linda Christian, and Charles Korvin. It was made by British Lion Films.

<i>Rapture</i> (1965 film) 1965 French film

Rapture is a 1965 drama film directed by John Guillermin, and starring Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Gozzi, and Dean Stockwell. It is reportedly Guillermin's own favorite among his films. His widow Mary said it "was the only film he directed that wholly satisfied his vision as an artist."

<i>Bulldog Drummond at Bay</i> (1947 film) 1947 film by Sidney Salkow

Bulldog Drummond at Bay is a 1947 American adventure crime mystery film directed by Sidney Salkow and starring Ron Randell for the first time as the British sleuth and adventurer Bulldog Drummond. The cast also includes Anita Louise, Patrick O'Moore and Terry Kilburn.

<i>Jazz Boat</i> 1960 film by Ken Hughes

Jazz Boat is a 1960 British musical comedy film directed by Ken Hughes and starring Anthony Newley, Anne Aubrey, Lionel Jeffries and big band leader Ted Heath and his orchestra.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">John Guillermin</span> French-British film director, writer and producer (1925–2015)

John Guillermin was a French-British film director, writer and producer who was most active in big budget, action adventure films throughout his lengthy career.

<i>Miss Tulip Stays the Night</i> 1955 British film

Miss Tulip Stays the Night is a 1955 British comedy crime film directed by Leslie Arliss and starring Diana Dors, Patrick Holt, Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge. The screenplay concerns a crime writer and his wife who stay at a country house, where a mysterious corpse appears.

<i>Taste of Excitement</i> 1970 film

Taste of Excitement is a 1970 British mystery thriller film directed by Don Sharp and starring Eva Renzi, David Buck and Peter Vaughan. It was shot during 1968 on location around Nice on the French Riviera, but not given a general release until 1970. It had an X certificate for violence and brief nudity. In the United States it was released under the alternative title Why Would Anyone Want to Kill a Nice Girl Like You?.

<i>Cry Tough</i> (film) 1959 American film

Cry Tough is a 1959 crime drama film directed by Paul Stanley written by Harry Kleiner, starring John Saxon and Linda Cristal.

The Tracker, also known as Dead or Alive in some countries, is a 1988 Western television film directed by John Guillermin, written by Kevin Jarre, and starring Kris Kristofferson, Scott Wilson, Mark Moses, David Huddleston, John Quade and Don Swayze. It premiered on HBO on March 26, 1988.

Adventure in the Hopfields is a 1954 British children's film directed by John Guillermin and starring Mandy Miller. It was made for the Children's Film Foundation. Location filming took place in and around Goudhurst in Kent.

References

  1. Drama Has Icy Locale Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 1 July 1954: A9.
  2. "Operation Diplomat". BFI. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012.
  3. OPERATION DIPLOMAT Picture Show; London Vol. 62, Iss. 1617, (Mar 27, 1954): 10
  4. Pratt, Vic; Lees, Kate (2020). "CHAPTER 3 EARLY DAYS WITH ADELPHI FILMS". In Guillermin, Mary (ed.). John Guillermin: The Man, The Myth, The Movies. Precocity Press. p. 45.
  5. Savage Spectacles Möller, Olaf. Film Comment; New York Vol. 50, Iss. 1, (Jan/Feb 2014): 20-21.
  6. OPERATION DIPLOMAT Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 21, Iss. 240, (Jan 1, 1954): 11.
  7. "Operation Diplomat". TV Guide.
  8. Vagg, Stephen (17 November 2020). "John Guillermin: Action Man". Filmink.