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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)
Natasha Lytess ...
Olga
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Michael Bastakoff
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Rubick
Georges Renavent ...
Laszlo (as George Renevant)
Mikhail Rasumny ...
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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

Paul Morrissey (director of many Andy Warhol films) once acknowledged that Comrade X was his favorite movie. See more »

Goofs

The railroad cars in the railroad yard are distinctly American design. See more »

Quotes

Vanya: [Yawning in prison] Oh, I'd like to get some sleep before I die.
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Referenced in Las cosas del querer (1989) 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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