Featuring a stellar cast including Clark Gable and Hedy Lamarr alongside Oscar Homolka, this pre-war American spy movie follows an American reporter in Moscow writing critical articles under the pseudonym ‘Comrade X’. This witty comedy, satirising the Soviet political system, shows Homolka in the role of Russian commissar Vasiliev desperately trying to track down Comrade X.
US, 1940, 104 mins, English, directed by King Vidor
Cineclub celebrates the remarkable but relatively unknown career of Austrian-born actor Oscar Homolka with a dedicated season. Born in Vienna in 1898, Homolka performed on stage and in films across Europe and fled to Paris and then London when the Nazis came to power. He ended up in Hollywood playing the cruel or bumbling European until returning to London in the mid-1960s.