Comrade X

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): King Vidor
Production: MGM
 
IMDB:
6.5
PASSED
Year:
1940
104 min
8 Views

DON'T YOU THINK

IT IS UNUSUAL,

CALLING THE PRESS TOGETHER

LIKE THIS IN THE KREMLIN?

THERE MUST BE SOMETHING HAS

HAPPENED, SOME NEW CRISIS.

PROBABLY THE GOVERNMENT'S

DECIDED THAT FROM NOW ON,

ALL FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS

MUST BE BLINDFOLDED

AND LED AROUND:

BY SEEING EYE DOGS.

"ANYTHING TO KEEP THE

TRUTH OUT OF PRINT"

IS THEIR MOTTO.

PLEASE, MISS WILSON,

DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME.

I AM NOT COMPLAINING AGAINS THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT.

MY DEAR VON HOFER,

A GERMAN JOURNALIS IS NO IN THE POSITION

TO COMPLAIN AGAINST THE

ABSENCE OF TRUTH ANYWHERE.

RIGHT YOU ARE,

MISS WILSON.

EXCUSE ME!

WITH PLEASURE,

OLD BOY.

A FINE WORLD PRESS

WE ARE.

WE CAN'T EVEN SEND OUT A WEATHER

REPORT WITHOUT HAVING IT CENSORED.

QUIET, PLEASE.

COMMISSAR VASILIEV.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

I WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT I,

COMMISSAR VASILIEV,

HEAD OF THE SECRET POLICE,

HAVE TAKEN OVER THE CENSORSHIP

OF THE FOREIGN PRESS.

QUIET, PLEASE!

THIS STEP HAS BEEN

MADE NECESSARY:

BY THE CONTINUED ACTIVITIES

OF ONE OF YOUR COLLEAGUES

WHO WRITES UNDER

THE NAME OF COMRADE X.

PARDON ME, COMMISSAR, BU COMRADE MOLKOFF ASSURED US

THAT COMRADE X HAD BEEN

ARRESTED AND LIQUIDATED

AFTER MAKING:

A FULL CONFESSION.

MY PREDECESSOR COMRADE MOLKOFF

WAS MISTAKEN,

UNFORTUNATELY FOR HIM

AND FOR THE 3 UNHAPPY CITIZENS

OF MY COUNTRY:

WHOM HE ELIMINATED.

COMRADE X IS STILL ALIVE

AND DEFYING THE CENSORSHIP

OF THE SOVIET.

HE IS STILL SENDING OU FALSE STORIES!

HE IS STILL PHOTOGRAPHING

FORBIDDEN PLACES!

AND HIS MALICIOUS WRITINGS

ARE STILL BEING BROADCAS ALL OVER THE WORLD.

THIS SITUATION:

MUST BE STOPPED!

UNTIL THE REAL COMRADE X IS FOUND,

EVERY MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN PRESS

WILL BE TREATED AS A POTENTIAL

ENEMY OF THE GOVERNMENT.

YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED

TO LEAVE MOSCOW.

NO PERMIT OF ANY KIND

WILL BE GIVEN.

ALL TELEPHONE CALLS

WILL BE UNDER FIRM CONTROL.

YOU MIGHT AS WELL

HAVE US DEPORTED.

WE CAN'T GET OUT ANY STORIES

IF WE CAN'T GET AROUND.

EXACTLY. YOU ARE

TO GET NO STORIES.

DO I UNDERSTAND, COMMISSAR,

THAT WE ARE NOT TO

CALL ON COMRADE MOLKOFF

FOR ANY NEWS:

FROM THIS DEPARTMENT?

THERE IS NO:

COMRADE MOLKOFF.

THE FORMER HEAD:

OF THE PRESS DEPARTMEN WAS A VICTIM LAST NIGH OF A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.

HE WAS APPARENTLY, SHALL WE SAY,

NOT WATCHING HIS STEP.

I AM SPEAKING:

AT HIS GRAVE:

AT THE KAPULSKI CEMETERY

AT 3:
00.

IS MR. THOMPSON HERE?

ALL CORRESPONDENTS

WERE ASKED TO BE HERE.

WHERE IS McKINLEY B.

THOMPSON OF THE TOPEKA BUGLE?

HE'S AT KURKINO,

COMMISSAR.

I GOT THIS TELEGRAM FROM

HIM YESTERDAY MORNING.

"AM TWO BOTTLES AHEAD IN

OFFICERS' DRINKING CONTEST.

"KINDLY SEND A FEW

RUBLES AND A LARGE ICE BAG

FOR VICTORIOUS RETURN

TO MOSCOW."

SILENCE!

THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER

INFORMATION FROM THIS DEPARTMEN UNTIL COMRADE X HAS BEEN

FINALLY DISPOSED OF.

GOOD DAY.

WELL,

WELL, WELL!

WHAT? OH!

OH, WE'RE HERE, HUH?

ALL RIGHT.

OH. YEAH.

YEAH, ALL RIGHT.

HERE YOU ARE, SPORT.

AND DON'T KISS ME.

PLEASE.

HEY, STOP IT.

STOP IT!

GO PEDDLE YOUR PIGS.

MR. THOMPSON!

HA HA HA!

HELLO, VANYA.

ADIOS, COMRADE.

VANYA, WHAT DAY

IS TODAY?

FRIDAY.

ALREADY?

YES.

THAT VODKA MUST HAVE BEEN

STRONGER THAN I THOUGHT.

I AM GLAD YOU ARE BACK,

MR. THOMPSON.

YOU HAD A GOOD TIME?

I MUST HAVE,

IF IT'S FRIDAY.

WHAT'S THE NEWS

AROUND THIS FISH TRAP?

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 A TOWEL.

EVERYTHING BALANCES.

WHO IS THIS:

STRANGE FIGURE?

THIS IS COMRADE:

BARONOFF,

OUR NEW:

HOTEL MANAGER.

OH! OH.

THE NAME IS McKINLEY B.

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Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht (1894–1964) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist and novelist. A journalist in his youth, he went on to write thirty-five books and some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America. He received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some seventy films. more…

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