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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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Theodore
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Vasiliev (as Oscar Homolka)
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Vanya
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Jane Wilson
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Emil Von Hofer (as Sig Rumann)
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Olga
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Michael Bastakoff
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Rubick
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Laszlo (as George Renevant)
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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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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 Philadelphia Saturday 17 November 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by New York City Friday 4 January 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Chicago it first aired 4 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 14 August 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9) and on the West Coast, it was first telecast in San Francisco 2 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), followed by Los Angeles 21 February 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

The script makes reference to the Soviet law that a person could divorce his or her spouse simply by sending them a postcard announcing that the marriage was over - but in 1936, four years before this film was made, Stalin had repealed that law when he rewrote the Russian constitution and made divorces considerably harder to get. See more »

Quotes

Mac Thompson: You're just like all the other Russians I know. They're hanging upside down from chandeliers throwing rocks at each other and for a penny they'll set fire to their pants.
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Referenced in The Complete Citizen Kane (1991) 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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A nice comedy. Gotta love Hedy!
1 June 2003 | by (Ellsworth Land, Antarctica) – See all my reviews

The second and final film Hedy Lamarr and Clark Gable made together. It's a fun comedy similar to Ninotchka only in its basic concept, not in context. Hedy Lamarr is just adorable as a staunch communist and we get to see her in a variety of interesting outfits, like the uniform she wears as a streetcar conductor, the "parachute" of a Soviet nightgown, and another much nicer nightie that she looks impossibly lovely in. Clark Gable's sarcastic humor works perfectly in this movie and he's quite amusing. There's some wonderful comedic violence here and there and a chase sequence as funny as the one(s) Hedy did with Bob Hope in My Favorite Spy just over a decade later. Felix Bressart from Ninotchka also appears in this one. Worth a look, it's a good time!


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