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This being a Soviet film, it goes without saying that Mr. West ends the film as a converted Bolshevik. However, the majority of the film is more farce than propaganda.

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This being a Soviet film, production, it goes without saying that Mr. West ends the film as a converted Bolshevik. However, the majority of the film is more farce than propaganda.


''The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks'' (Russian: Необычайные приключения мистера Веста в стране Большевиков) is a 1924 Soviet comedy film. Directed by Lev Kuleshov, it's about a naïve American man's visit to UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn. This being a Soviet film, it goes without saying that he's a converted Bolshevik by the end. However, the majority of the film is more farce than propaganda.

The American protagonist is Mr. John West, and he's going to the U.S.S.R. as a missionary for the YMCA. Warned of what dangerous barbarians these Bolsheviks are, he brings along Jeddy, his cowboy bodyguard, for protection. Mr. West's fears seem to be confirmed when, soon after his arrival in {{UsefulNotes/Moscow}}, his briefcase is stolen. But actually, the thief is affiliated with a cell of counter-revolutionary criminals, and they're thrilled to realize that there's a wealthy American in town. Meanwhile, Mr. West and Jeddy get separated due to a comic misunderstanding. Jeddy is rescued by Ellie, a young American woman who happens to be living in Moscow. Mr. West, however, is "rescued" by the criminals, who have concocted an elaborate con that uses his fear of the Bolsheviks against him.

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''The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks'' (Russian: Необычайные приключения мистера Веста в стране Большевиков) is a 1924 Soviet comedy film. Directed film directed by Lev Kuleshov, it's Kuleshov.

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about Mr. John West, a naïve American man's man, and his visit to UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn. This being a Soviet film, it goes without saying that he's a converted Bolshevik by the end. However, the majority of the film is more farce than propaganda.

The American protagonist is Mr. John West, and he's going to the U.S.S.R. as a missionary for the YMCA.
UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn. Warned of what dangerous barbarians these Bolsheviks are, he brings along Jeddy, his cowboy bodyguard, for protection. Mr. West's fears seem to be confirmed when, soon after his arrival in {{UsefulNotes/Moscow}}, his briefcase is stolen. But actually, the thief is affiliated with a cell of counter-revolutionary criminals, and they're thrilled to realize that there's a wealthy American in town. Meanwhile, Mr. West and Jeddy get separated due to a comic misunderstanding. Jeddy is rescued by Ellie, a young American woman who happens to be living in Moscow. Mr. West, however, is "rescued" by the criminals, who have concocted an elaborate con that uses his fear of the Bolsheviks against him.
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This being a Soviet film, it goes without saying that Mr. West ends the film as a converted Bolshevik. However, the majority of the film is more farce than propaganda.

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->''Greetings from Soviet Russia. Burn all the New York magazines and hang a portrait of Lenin in my office. Long live the Bolsheviks!''\\
-- '''Mr. West'''[='s=] message home at the end

''The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks'' (Russian: Необычайные приключения мистера Веста в стране Большевиков) is a 1924 Soviet comedy film. Directed by Lev Kuleshov, it's about a naïve American man's visit to UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn. This being a Soviet film, it goes without saying that he's a converted Bolshevik by the end. However, the majority of the film is more farce than propaganda.

The American protagonist is Mr. John West, and he's going to the U.S.S.R. as a missionary for the YMCA. Warned of what dangerous barbarians these Bolsheviks are, he brings along Jeddy, his cowboy bodyguard, for protection. Mr. West's fears seem to be confirmed when, soon after his arrival in {{UsefulNotes/Moscow}}, his briefcase is stolen. But actually, the thief is affiliated with a cell of counter-revolutionary criminals, and they're thrilled to realize that there's a wealthy American in town. Meanwhile, Mr. West and Jeddy get separated due to a comic misunderstanding. Jeddy is rescued by Ellie, a young American woman who happens to be living in Moscow. Mr. West, however, is "rescued" by the criminals, who have concocted an elaborate con that uses his fear of the Bolsheviks against him.

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!!This film has the examples of:

* AmericansAreCowboys: Mr. West's bodyguard Jeddy is a cowboy because of course he is. And it's not like he's just a former cowboy now working as a bodyguard. He literally goes off to Russia wearing full cowboy gear, lassoing people, etc. Later on, he does dress and act more normally, however.
* AristocratsAreEvil: The bad guys are former Russian aristocrats, who presumably want to go back to the days of UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Mr. West's U.S. flag manages to have 24 stars (48 is the correct number for 1924) and way more than 13 stripes. One can only presume that authentic U.S. flags were not easily on hand in 1920s Soviet Russia.
* TheCavalry: The real Bolsheviks fulfill this trope at the end.
* {{Expy}}: Mr. West is costumed to look like a Creator/HaroldLloyd character.
* EyepatchOfPower: One of the bad guys has an eyepatch.
* FalseFlagOperation: The bad guys stage a fake Bolshevik raid, in which they capture Mr. West, so that they can stage an equally fake rescue operation. These crooks have quite the ComplexityAddiction.
* GloriousMotherRussia: Spoofed, as the fake Bolsheviks play the "Russians as savages" stereotype to the hilt.
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: While on the run in Moscow, Jeddy runs into Ellie, a fellow American whom he knew back in the States. What are the odds?
* KangarooCourt: The fake Bolsheviks give Mr. West a faked fake trial. Of course, we all know rigged trials are something the real Bolsheviks would just never do!
* LovesMeNot: Ellie picks feathers out of a toy bird to determine whether Jeddy loves her or not. Turns out he does.
* MeaningfulName: Mr. ''West'', anyone?
* TheMissionary: Mr. West is a YMCA missionary. [[Music/VillagePeople How fitting that he brought a cowboy along.]]
* RedScare: Mr. West and Jeddy are paranoid about the Bolsheviks due to what they've heard about them in the U.S. This makes Mr. West easy prey for a gang of criminals who want his American money.
* SlasherSmile: The Countess has a truly terrifying smile.
* TheVamp: As an intertitle proclaims, "The Countess employs all her resources." Thus, she tries to seduce the married Mr. West, although he stays faithful to his wife back home.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Mr. West's briefcase contains a pair of star-spangled socks.

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