Comrade X (1940)
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Comrade X Photos
as McKinley B. 'Mac' Thompson
as Golubka / Theodore Yahupitz / Lizvanetchka 'Lizzie'
as Igor Yahupitz / Vanya
as Commissar Vasiliev
as Jane Wilson
as Emil von Hofer
as Olga Milanava
as Michael Bastakoff
as Rubick, Commissar's Aide
as Russian Officer
Critic Reviews for Comrade X
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Inspired by Garbo's Ninotchka (a much better film on any level) King Vidor's romantic melodrama is a serviceable star vehicle for Clark Gable as an American journalist and the beautiful Hedy Lamarr as a Soviet streetcar conductor.
Pre-WWII tale has great Gable and Lamarr pairing.
Audience Reviews for Comrade X
I thought it was a funny film. It shows the outrageous suspicions that all Russians had in the Soviet Union. I like how the sets look. I think it is a comedy, a mystery, and several other kinds of genre type of film which I am not sure I'm able to clearly identify. I thought it was a pretty great film. I would buy it. Clark Gabel did a very good job acting in this film.
Most definitely a take off on Ninotchka from a year earlier, but it's not nearly as good. Still, it has it's charms and a terrific cast. The supporting players outshine the stars in this one
Comrade X (1940) Just before we got into World War II, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union had signed a non-aggression pact. Mac Thompson (Clark Gable) is a foreign correspondent who has been sneaking out uncensored news out of Russia. The secret police are suspicious of him, but it's the hotel's valet, Igor Yahupitz (Felix Bressart) who knows that it's Mac. He tells Mac that if he can smuggle his daughter, Theodore (Hedy Lamarr) out of the Soviet Union, into America, he won't tell anybody. Of course Theodore is a loyal Communist and, just like in Ninotchka, Mac has got to convince her to leave her beloved country and go with him, all while trying to stay away from the Commissars. Of course all of the upper ranking Soviet officers are worried about being killed off in Stalin's Purge. King Vidor directed this fast-paced comedy with a screenplay written by Ben Hecht. Jane Wilson (smart-mouthed Eve Arden) is one of my favorite characters, also the Nazi correspondent Emil Von Hofer (Sig Ruman) is an easy target of ridicule.
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