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Comrade X (1940)

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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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 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:

The Funniest LOVE Comedy Since "Ninotchka"

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Paul Morrissey (director of many Andy Warhol films) once acknowledged that Comrade X was his favorite movie. 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them a postcard announcing that the marriage was over - but in 1936, four years before this film was made, Stalin had repealed that law when he rewrote the Russian constitution and made divorces considerably harder to get.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

Theodora: What is love? An accident. Gorky says love is the failure of the mind to understand nature.
Vanya: Gorky Schmorky, I say you should be lying in a field of daisies and look where I have brought you.
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Connections

Referenced in Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) 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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Funny movie
12 July 2013 | by LinentSee all my reviews

Clark Gable was mostly known for his he-man; lady-killer roles but he did some excellent comedy and this movie is a little-known gem. There were some great lines, too. "Well, there's some good news and some bad news. Last week all the towels were stolen. But on the other hand the water wasn't running so nobody needed the towels. Everything balances." And "Communists have ideas, but they found out you can't run a government with everybody running around having ideas". That's actually pretty true, too! People in government with "ideas" are the bane of ANY country. Loved the scene at the cemetery where the funeral procession passes by a podium carrying a coffin on its shoulders and suddenly the "corpse" sticks his head & hand out of the coffin and takes a shot at a political enemy. Curiously, the movie predicts Germany declaring war on Russia. Which in fact happened shortly after the film came out.

Funny movie - the "Kaputski Cemetery"? Excellent!!!!


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