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I was wondering what the first movie (made in USA) was where a character speaking Russian was played by an actor for whom Russian was a fluent (though not necessarily first) language, spoken with no noticeable accent?

Please note that this question explicitly excludes cases where the character was an non-Russian speaker who could speak Russian (such as Jack Ryan from "Hunt for Red October").

(the impetus for this was the wonderful Scottish-accented Connery's Captain Ramius and remembering my WTF upon hearing the accent).

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"... spoken with no noticeable accent" - no noticeable Russian accent, or American, or what? –  Hugo Aug 12 '12 at 15:34
@Hugo - Russian speech without non-Russian (e.g. American) accent. In other words, a russian speaker hearing the movie would 100% be sure that the speaker is a native russian speaker. –  DVK Aug 12 '12 at 16:54
How in the world can anyone answer this question? And what is the real objective? –  Bobby Alexander Mar 19 at 8:31
@BobbyAlexander - I wasn't aware that there was an infinite or even uber-large universe of American made movies. It's eminently answerable by an expert, although admittedly less trivially answerable by someone just googling with no knowledge of the professional sources. The real objective is to find out the information. –  DVK Mar 19 at 14:31

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This is a hard (if not impossible question to answer, seeing that many early films have been lost in fires etc.) but I will try point you in the right direction. Seeing as dialog is a factor in your question the film must have been made after 1927, when the jazz singer was announced as the first "talkie".

Then we have a span of 11 years where the movie you are looking for could have been made until 1938 when HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) released a report on communist activities in Hollywood and started the HUAC-hearings. We can not be sure, but there was propably no features during this period with russian (or russian speaking) actors. After that period I know of a movie made in 1966 whit a serbian actor speaking russian, Milos Milos in The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming directed by Norman Jewison, but I have a hard time thinking this would be the fist one.

Also, it is likley that if such a movie was made during the HUAC-hearings it might have been an independent production and hard to track.

I hope this information will be of help.

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How's HUAC related? I fail to see how HUAC would object to either a character who was Soviet Villain or anti-communist fighter (contemporary or pre-revolution); nor an actor from White Guard pre-soviet ancestry. –  DVK Mar 8 '12 at 12:12
I belive that during the period a non-russian actor speaking russian would be chosen for the role because of paranoia, but as i wrote earlier, these are only speculations to point you in the right direction. –  Sergei Mar 8 '12 at 13:01

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