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Comrade X (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 13 December 1940 (USA)
An American reporter smuggling news out of Soviet Moscow is blackmailed into helping a beautiful Communist leave the country.

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Airs Thu. Aug. 11, 3:00 AM on TCM

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Cast

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Theodore
Oskar Homolka ...
Vasiliev (as Oscar Homolka)
Felix Bressart ...
Vanya
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Jane Wilson
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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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13 December 1940 (USA)  »

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Madame X  »

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(TCM print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial television broadcast in New York City Friday 4 January 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); but its first Los Angeles telecast did not take place until Friday 21 February 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first telecast 2 January 1958 on KGO-TV (Channel 7). 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

Mac Thompson: [referring to Vanya] If he's Comrade X, I'll eat the kremlin without sauce!
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Connections

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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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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!


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