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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.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screen play), Charles Lederer (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... McKinley B. Thompson
Hedy Lamarr ... Theodore
Oskar Homolka ... Vasiliev (as Oscar Homolka)
Felix Bressart ... Vanya
Eve Arden ... 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
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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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Taglines:

MERRIMENT AND ROMANCE THAT WILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER "BOOMTOWN" THRILL (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Midway Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - June 19, 1942 - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Debut of actress Natasha Lytess. See more »

Goofs

As the following tanks begin to go down the steep embankment a few of them can be seen rolling over; but when the shot changes to the bottom of the hill all the tanks are right side up and in line. See more »

Quotes

Mac Thompson: As they say in my country, you can count me out.
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Crazy Credits

"RUSSIA. The never never land of steppes, samovars and spies -- beards, bears, bombs and borscht - where almost anything can happen - and usually does. " 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
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hilarious
7 May 1999 | by bruno-32See all my reviews

I thought the chemistry between Hedy and Clark were great. She really came off as a very good commedienne. I thought the lines were real clever and that ending...wow...all those tanks. I enjoyed this movie more than the Ninotchka.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame X See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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