COMRADE X REVIEWED
“Comrade X” opens on Clark Gable in Pre World War II Russia, as he meets Hedy Lamarr. Lamarr is a dame with crazy Marxist ideas and they get married out of convenience. What Gable can’t stand is how his little comrade won’t drop the party line. Unfortunately, she’s involved the Communist Party in their shenanigans and the duo has to flee for their lives. People die with the emotional weight of a Marx Brothers film, but it doesn’t matter. This is such a weird jewel of a film caught in the time between the Russian Revolution and the Cold War.
Did I mention its major action set piece involves a tank chase not unlike “Goldeneye”? I should, because that happened. For a film that flies by at a break-neck 90 minutes, this film deserved its Oscar nomination for the script. It’s not quite an action flick, not quite a romance, but it works as a stunningly bizarre period piece. The Warner Archive is deep and I wholeheartedly recommend checking it out.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 1.33:1 standard definition transfer