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Comrade X
     

Comrade X

Director: King Vidor

Cast: Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Oscar Homolka

 

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A half-hearted derivation of Ninotchka, Comrade X stars Clark Gable as an American news reporter stationed in Russia. Gable is actually the mysterious Comrade X, who has been smuggling provocative stories about the crumbling Soviet government out of the country. Threatened with exposure by a hotel porter (Felix Bressart), Gable agrees to help sneak the

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A half-hearted derivation of Ninotchka, Comrade X stars Clark Gable as an American news reporter stationed in Russia. Gable is actually the mysterious Comrade X, who has been smuggling provocative stories about the crumbling Soviet government out of the country. Threatened with exposure by a hotel porter (Felix Bressart), Gable agrees to help sneak the porter's beautiful daughter (Hedy Lamarr) out of Russia. The girl is a devout "old line" Communist, and thus is regarded as a potential counter-revolutionary by the paranoid Soviet leaders. Gable pretends to be a Communist himself to win Hedy's trust, inviting her to America to espouse her cause. He finds he can only secure her passport by marrying her, which leads to the anticipated complications. The Soviet higher-ups imprison Gable and Lamarr, sentencing them to death--but suddenly the counter-revolutionaries take charge of the government prison and arrest the arresters! The new man in charge (Sig Rumann) is Lamarr's political idol, but when he reveals himself to be vulnerable to blackmail and bribes, Lamarr becomes disillusioned by the Party Line and accompanies her new husband Gable to America. Filmed just before the "shifty" Communists were metamorphosed into brave freedom fighters by World War II-vintage filmmakers, Comrade X is of marginal historical value. Otherwise, it is an unfunny low point in the careers of Clark Gable and Hedy Lamarr.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
UPC:
0883316204924
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
5,593

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable McKinley B. Thompson
Hedy Lamarr Theodora (Golubka)
Oscar Homolka Vasiliev
Felix Bressart Vanya
Eve Arden Jane Wilson
Natasha Lytess Olga
Sig Rumann Emil von Hofer
Vladimir Sokoloff Michael Bastakoff
Edgar Barrier Rubick
John Picorri Laszlo
Georges Renavent Laszlo
Mikhail Rasumny Russian Officer
Joseph Ruttenberg Actor

Technical Credits
King Vidor Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Harold Kress Editor
Charles Lederer Screenwriter
Gottfried Reinhardt Producer
Walter Reisch Screenwriter
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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