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Comrade X (1940)

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An American reporter smuggling news out of Soviet Moscow is blackmailed into helping a beautiful Communist leave the country.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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McKinley B. Thompson
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Theodore
Oskar Homolka ...
Vasiliev (as Oscar Homolka)
Felix Bressart ...
Vanya
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Jane Wilson
Sig Ruman ...
Emil Von Hofer (as Sig Rumann)
Natasha Lytess ...
Olga
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Michael Bastakoff
Edgar Barrier ...
Rubick
Georges Renavent ...
Laszlo (as George Renevant)
Mikhail Rasumny ...
Russian Officer
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Storyline

McKinley B. "Mac" Thompson, American reporter in Moscow, smuggles out uncensored news under the alias "Comrade X," but hotel valet Vanya discovers his secret. Vanya fears for the safety of his daughter Golubka ("Theodore") and blackmails Mac into helping her leave the country. Mac is happier about his task once he meets lovely Theodore, but can he convince her of his sincerity? The anti-communist humor becomes alternately grim and farcical. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Funniest LOVE Comedy Since "Ninotchka"

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Comedy | Romance

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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13 December 1940 (USA)  »

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Comrade X  »

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(TCM print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the time this film was released, in 1940, World War II had already begun in Europe, but the Soviet Union still had a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany. In the film, Mac is able to fool a character by pretending to hear news that Germany has broken the pact and launched an invasion of the USSR. Of course, that's exactly what happened the very next year when Germany launched Operation Barbarossa in summer 1941. See more »

Goofs

While Thompson is drinking his hangover cure with his new secretary, in one cut a bottle suddenly appears in his hand that was not there the shot before. See more »

Quotes

Opening title: [Prologue] Russia: The never never land of steppes, samovars, and spies - beards, bears, bombs, and borscht - where anything can happen - and usually does - almost.
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Connections

Featured in The Miracle of Sound (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Funiculi, Funicula
(1880) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Peppino Turco
Music by Luigi Denza
Sung a cappella with modified lyrics by Clark Gable
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hilarious
7 May 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought the chemistry between Hedy and Clark were great. She really came off as a very good commedienne. I thought the lines were real clever and that ending...wow...all those tanks. I enjoyed this movie more than the Ninotchka.


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