Comrade X

Genosse X
In Moscow, journalist McKinley B. Thompson masquerades as a rake and a sot. But behind his roué façade is his alter ego “Comrade X”, who publishes embarrassing articles about Russia in the American press. He manages to fool the censors, but the hotel valet Vanya discovers his secret. Vanya promises to remain silent if Thompson agrees to smuggle the valet’s daughter, who is in danger of arrest, out of Russia. However, the lady in question, an exceptionally lovely streetcar driver named Theodore, turns out to be a committed communist. After a fleeting first kiss, she insists on a quick marriage, and with her wilfulness, manages to ensure that the couple spend their wedding night in Lubyanka prison … The poster for the film promised it would be “the funniest love comedy since ‘Ninotchka’!”. And, indeed, a number of people worked on both films, including Walter Reisch, Gottfried Reinhardt, and several actors (Sig Ruman, Felix Bressart). Just as Lubitsch’s classic was a jab at the autocracy of the Soviet Union in the era of the Hitler-Stalin pact, Comrade X paid homage to the anti-authoritarian spirit of Weimar-era cinema.
by King Vidor
with Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Oscar Homolka, Felix Bressart, Eve Arden, Sig Rumann, Natasha Lytess, Vladimir Sokoloff, Edgar Barrier, Georges Renavent
USA 1940 English 90’ Black/White


  • Clark Gable
  • Hedy Lamarr
  • Oscar Homolka
  • Felix Bressart
  • Eve Arden
  • Sig Rumann
  • Natasha Lytess
  • Vladimir Sokoloff
  • Edgar Barrier
  • Georges Renavent


Director King Vidor
Screenplay Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer
Story Walter Reisch
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg, Karl Freund
Editing Harold F. Kress
Music Bronislau Kaper
Sound Douglas Shearer
Art Director Cedric Gibbons
Costumes Adrian, Gile Steele
Assistant Directors Tom Andre
Producer Gottfried Reinhardt

Produced by

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. (Loew’s, Inc.) (King Vidor’s production)

Additional information

Print: Warner Bros. Pictures Germany, Hamburg