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

THOMPSON OF THE TOPEKA BUGLE,

YOUR PREDECESSOR'S

FAVORITE JOURNALIST.

WELCOME TO:

OUR HOTEL, COMRADE.

ROOM 301.

ANY MAIL:

OR TELEGRAMS?

MR. BARONOFF,

I LEFT MY ROOM 20 MINUTES AGO.

I JUST CAME BACK,

AND MY BED IS GONE.

ARE YOU SURE,

MADAM?

SOMEBODY HAS STOLEN

MY BED, I TELL YOU.

THERE'S NO SIGN

OF A BED IN MY ROOM.

THE VERY IDEA OF STEALING

A BED RIGHT OUT OF MY ROOM!

MAYBE THEY WANTED I FOR THE PARADE.

KINDLY SIT DOWN,

MADAM.

WE WILL SOLVE YOUR

SITUATION IN A FEW MOMENTS.

IT MAY NOT BE NECESSARY

TO PLACE YOU UNDER ARREST.

ARREST?!

YOU FORGO MY KEY.

I'M SORRY.

THERE IS NO KEY FOR YOU.

THE HOTEL IS FILLED.

YOUR ROOM IS NOW OCCUPIED.

IT IS? A LADY?

NO, SIR.

THEN THROW HIM OUT.

PLEASE. THE GENTLEMAN

OCCUPYING YOUR ROOM

IS HERR VON HOFER

OF THE GERMAN NEWS AGENCY.

HE IS SPECIAL:

FROM THE KREMLIN.

HOFER?

GOOD OLD HOFER!

WHY DIDN'T YOU SAY SO?

WHY, WE'RE OLD PALS.

IT'LL BE FUN BUNKING IN WITH

OLD PRETZEL-HEAD HOFER AGAIN.

YOU'RE SURE

THERE WILL BE NO TROUBLE?

TROUBLE? WHY, WE'RE

PRACTICALLY HONEYMOONERS.

OH, LISTEN.

THIS IS IMPORTANT.

I WANT THE WAITER TO BRING

ME UP ONE BOTTLE OF BRANDY,

ONE BOTTLE OF VODKA,

TWO CUCUMBERS,

THREE RAW EGGS,

AND A SMALL BOTTLE

OF TABASCO.

RIGHT AWAY.

DELAY WILL BE FATAL.

MADAM, YOUR PROBLEM

IS SOLVED.

YOU WILL SLEEP ON THIS TILL

WE RECOVER THE MISSING BED.

WHAT?

HOW LONG HAS THE ELEVATOR

BEEN STUCK THIS TIME?

8 HOURS.

THEY ARE GOING TO REPORT I TO THE BUREAU OF ELEVATORS.

WHAT'S THE RUSH?

THEY THINK THERE ARE

SOME PEOPLE IN IT.

WHAT ARE THEY GOING

TO DO ABOUT IT?

THEY ARE LOOKING

FOR THE ENGINEER,

BUT NOBODY KNOWS

WHERE HE IS.

PERSONALLY, I THINK

HE IS IN THE ELEVATOR.

HERE. HAVE THIS CLEANED,

PRESSED, AND DELOUSED.

MR. THOMPSON,

EXCUSE ME!

THIS IS MY ROOM,

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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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