MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,010 this week

Comrade X (1940)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  13 December 1940 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 799 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 5 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 20 Mar 2011
 
a list of 362 titles
created 13 May 2012
 
a list of 1196 titles
created 30 Sep 2012
 
a list of 8364 titles
created 15 Jun 2013
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Comrade X" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Comrade X (1940)

Comrade X (1940) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Comrade X.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman.

Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Douglas Sirk
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Louis Hayward
Dancing Lady (1933)
Certificate: Passed Musical | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An attractive dancer is rescued from jail by a rich man, who helps her to have her first big opportunity at a musical play on Broadway.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone
The Hucksters (1947)
Drama | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A World War II veteran wants to return to advertising on his own terms, but finds it difficult to be successful and maintain his integrity.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Sydney Greenstreet
Chained (1934)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A mistress of one man has a shipboard romance with another and is torn between both men.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Otto Kruger
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of disparate travelers are caught are thrown together in a posh Alpine hotel when the borders are closed at the start of WWII.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Norma Shearer, Clark Gable, Edward Arnold
Hold Your Man (1933)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Ruby falls in love with small-time con man Eddie. During a botched blackmail scheme, Eddie accidentally kills the man they were setting up. Eddie takes off and Ruby is sent to a reformatory for two years.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Stuart Erwin
Betrayed (1954)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Dutch intelligence officer recruits an allied woman to act as liaison with dashing Resistance leader 'The Scarf' for a British attack on Arnhem.

Director: Gottfried Reinhardt
Stars: Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Victor Mature
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Discovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl's life but not necessarily for the better, as three beautiful women find out when they join the spectacle on Broadway: Susan, the singer who must ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, Busby Berkeley
Stars: James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr
Night Flight (1933)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Polio breaks out in Rio de Janeiro, the serum is in Santiago and there's only one way to get the medicine where it's desperately needed: flown in by daring pilots who risk the treacherous weather and forbidding peaks of the Andes.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: John Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Clark Gable
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When Jane Hoyt's journalist husband disappears in the 1950s China she arrives in Honk Kong determined to find him but meets shady shipping magnate Hank Lee.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Clark Gable, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Helen Hayes, Clark Gable, Lewis Stone
Adventure (1945)
Drama | Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Sea-going roustabout falls for meek librarian.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Clark Gable, Greer Garson, Joan Blondell
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
McKinley B. Thompson
...
Theodore
Oskar Homolka ...
Vasiliev (as Oscar Homolka)
Felix Bressart ...
Vanya
...
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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Funniest LOVE Comedy Since "Ninotchka"

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 December 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Camarada X  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

Near the end of the film, the leader of the Soviet tanks gives them an order to turn right (in Russian) but they are all shown turning left. See more »

Quotes

Jane Wilson: Probably the government's decided that from now on all foreign correspondents must be blindfolded and lead around by seeing-eye dogs.
British World Press Attendee: Ha-ha-ha.
Jane Wilson: 'Anything to keep the truth out' is their motto.
Emil Von Hofer: Please, Miss Wilson, do not speak for me. I am not complaining against the Russian government.
Jane Wilson: My dear Van Hofer, a German journalist is not in the position of complaining against the absence of truth anywhere.
British World Press Attendee: Quite you are, Miss!
Emil Von Hofer: [Offended] Excuse me!
British World Press Attendee: With pleasure, old boy.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Funiculi, Funicula
(1880) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Peppino Turco
Music by Luigi Denza
Sung a cappella with modified lyrics by Clark Gable
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Tanks a lot!
2 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I came in on "Comrade X" during the climatic tank chase scene. I don't know about the film as a whole, but the tank scene was wonderfully done. If it were done today it wouldn't be all that impressive. You'd be like "Hmmm, nice computer work!" But in 1940 it had to be done with actual existing props. So what you have is a swarm of "real" tanks chasing Gable's tank. On command they all stop, spin about and race in the opposite direction. Excellent cartoon like direction and fantastic execution of that direction. If you're a fan of cartoon like sequences done as live action then this film, or at least the final sequences thereof, are for you. Someone just tell me how they did this back in '40! One of the finest examples I can think of a great bit of work stuck somewhere in an almost forgotten film.

I did go back and research the special effects for this film. They were done by none other than A. Arnold Gillespie who won four Academy Awards out of thirteen nominations. Besides "Comrade X", he worked on such little films like "The Wizard of Oz" and "Ben-Hur". As for "Comrade X" a true case of an industry giant being handed what had to be a small assignment considering his considerable talents. The studio system works!


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Would love to see Clooney remake this! lastofthelees
A Real 'Feel Good' Movie cymcinto
Tank miniatures peterduray-bito
the tank shamrok1947-1
Discuss Comrade X (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?