Snooty heiress decides to track down her dead sister's kids, who are living a Bohemian life with their uncle in Greenwich Village. Once she finds them, she discovers that the Bohemian life ... See full summary »
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
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This film received its initial television broadcast in Philadelphia Saturday 17 November 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Seattle Monday 12 November 1956 on KING (Channel 5), and 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 Altoona PA 17 April 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Minneapolis 14 August 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in San Francisco 2 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Los Angeles 21 February 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »
When McKinley Thompson goes to check in to the hotel he insists he is the rightful tenant of room 301. Later, in the room, he calls room service and says he is in room 310. See more »
Excuse me, Mr. Thompson, how soon can I talk to you alone?
You'll have to wait until we're alone, Vanya.
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In the days when actresses had genuine accents that put a lilt in their speech, Hedy Lamarr, like Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman, had refinement and intelligence, and could portray "foreigners" from any number of countries. Here, Hedy is supposed to be Russian, and with a light touch, too. She makes a charming foil to beefy Clark Gable, who plays his usual role as the macho-male with a wink in his eye covering a heart of gold. Their chemistry is not quite as magical as that in "It Happened One Night," with Claudette Colbert (who had the softer edge and mysterious sex appeal that truly complemented Gable's), or even his pairings with the brassy blonde with the Brooklyn accent, but there are a number of scenes in this farce that I have not seen equalled elsewhere: namely the escape scene in the Soviet tank. Before the age of graphic simulation, the prop men really had to come up with a phalanx of Soviet-style tanks -- unless they used miniatures, and to see them "chase" Gable, with Hedy at the wheel, is almost on a par with a Chaplin or Keaton routine. The miming of the Soviet tank army is also hilarious.
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