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Moscow Laughs (1934)

Vesyolye rebyata (original title)
Merry Fellows was the first Soviet musical comedy. Set in Odessa and Moscow in the 1930's. Shepherd Kostya Potekhin (Utyosov) is mistaken for an international concert star. He falls in love... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Leonid Utyosov ...
Kostya Potekhin
Anyuta - the Housemaid
Mariya Strelkova ...
Yelena - Child of the Foreign Trade Union
Yelena Tyapkina ...
Anyuta's Stepmother (as Ye. Tyapkina)
Fyodor Kurikhin ...
Mortician (as F.N. Kurikhin)
Arnold Arnold ...
Conductor from Paraguay (as G. Arnold)
Robert Erdman ...
German music teacher (as R. Yerdman)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marya Ivanovna


Merry Fellows was the first Soviet musical comedy. Set in Odessa and Moscow in the 1930's. Shepherd Kostya Potekhin (Utyosov) is mistaken for an international concert star. He falls in love with Anyuta (Orlova) and plays the "star" for her. In a cascade of comic musical numbers he becomes the leader of a Jazz-Band and gives a hilarious show at the Odessa Music Hall. Now he is destined to perform at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Comedy | Musical





Release Date:

24 March 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jolly Fellows  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

The animated credits begin with the names and faces of Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton, followed on the next title by the text "do not participate in this film". The letters are then mixed and reappear as "in this film participate", followed by the actual cast members. The credits also list "Marya Ivanovna" with a large question mark; the question mark turns into a cow, which then paints with her tail the title of the film (in the film, Marya Ivanovna happens to be the name of a lazy cow in the herd tended by the main character Kostya Potekhin). See more »


Referenced in When Father Was Away on Business (1985) See more »

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16 November 2012 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

music, acting, humor, message, image. it is more than a comedy. or music hall. it is a travel in time. not for its venerable age but for its time. because, in dark period of Stalinism, this demonstration of pure joy, this manifesto of profound freedom is unique. sure, not extraordinary script and the waves of songs are essential virtue. but it remains special. for the gorgeous naivety with flavor of childhood adventure. for memorable scenes. for the impressive demonstration of animal tights. for drops of love and, sure, for extraordinary voices. and, at first sigh, it is enough. but, after each new view, it is different. out of charming atmosphere it is strange tension. and testimony of a form, subtle, delicate, special of courage. because it is one of films - letter for future.

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