Operation Diplomat (film)

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Operation Diplomat
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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
Distributed by Butcher's Film Service
Release dates
December 1953 (UK)
July 1954 (US) [1]
Running time
70 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom

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


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.


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]

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  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.