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Comrade X (1940)

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Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes

Country USA

Studio MGM

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• Comrade X



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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Blackmail, Political, Suspense, Escape, Deception, Police, Marriage

Plot: Inspired by NINOTCHKA, this film stars Clark Gable as McKinley Thompson, aka Comrade X, an American reporter smuggling stories out of Soviet Russia suggesting the country's imminent demise during the 1930s. When hotel porter Vanya Golubka (Felix Bressart) discovers his identity, he threatens to turn him in unless he agrees to help get his daughter Theodora (Hedy Lamarr), a counterrevolutionary threatening to party bosses, out of the country. The initially reluctant reporter is more positive about this arrangement after meeting the young woman, who can be convinced to leave only with the promise that she'll be allowed to promote her political beliefs in the U.S. When Thompson learns that the only way he can obtain a passport for Theodora is to marry her, he goes along gamely. But Soviet authorites eventually catch on to the scam, imprison the pair, and sentence them to death. When all seems lost, the counterrevolutionary forces led by Emil von Hofer (Sig Ruman) take control of the country, which has begun to resemble the Marx Brothers' Fredonia. COMRADE X was cowritten by the legendary Ben Hecht and features an excellent group of character actors.

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 Directed by
King Vidor
The Fountainhead, War and Peace, The Crowd
 Written by
Walter Reisch
That Hamilton Woman
Ben Hecht
Notorious, His Girl Friday, Kiss of Death
 Cast
Clark Gable
Gone with the Wind, It Happened One Night, Mutiny on the Bounty
Hedy Lamarr
Samson and Delilah, Boom Town, Algiers
Oskar Homolka
The Seven Year Itch, Sabotage, Ball of Fire
Felix Bressart
To Be or Not to Be, The Shop Around the Corner, Ninotchka
Eve Arden
Grease, Grease 2, Anatomy of a Murder
Sig Ruman
Stalag 17, A Night at the Opera, To Be or Not to Be
Natasha Lytess
Once Upon a Honeymoon, What's My Line?
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 Music By
Bronislau Kaper
A Night at the Opera, Gaslight, Auntie Mame



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Teacher's Pet (1958)
Love Crazy (1941)

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