At a glance
- Director: King Vidor
- Starring: Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Oscar Homolka, Felix Bressart
- Producers: Gottfried Reinhardt, King Vidor (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 1 hour 44 minutes
American journalist McKinley “Mac” Thompson is on assignment in pre-World War II Soviet Russia and smuggles news past the censor under the alias “Comrade X”. His secret is discovered by the hotel valet, Vanya, who blackmails him into convincing a beautiful Communist leave the country.
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Theodore: My name is Theodore.
Mac: You don’t look like Theodore to me.
Theodore: I was named at the Workers Council.
Mac: Somebody didn’t have his glasses on.
Theodore: It is not glasses, it’s the law. Streetcars must be driven by males. That’s why they changed me.
Theodore: There must be a revolution soon in America.
Mac: No, you can’t have a revolution with people who believe in hot dogs and boogie-woogie.
Theodore: Pay no attention to my father. He has no soul, no brain, no ideals – he’s a nobody.
Vanya: I’m lesser than a nobody, I’m a nothing.
Theodore: Twenty years we have been educating Russia, and what do you know?
Vanya: Nothing. Less than a baby. I only know how to be a father.
Mac: About the only wrong thing she’s done in her life is to admire Bastakoff.
Bastakoff: Ah, she admired Bastakoff the Philosopher. Then, she is an enemy of Bastakoff the Police Commissar!