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Tulitikkuja lainaamassa (1938)

Two farmers go to town and cause trouble all around. The rumors of their death make it even worse.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antti Ihalainen
Jussi Vatanen
Ester Toivonen ...
Maija-Liisa Ihalainen
Kaisa Makkonen
Aino Haverinen ...
Anna-Liisa Ihalainen
Ville Kettunen
Kaarlo Kartio ...
Tahvo Kenonen
Kaarlo Angerkoski ...
Police chief
Uuno Montonen ...
Jussi Partanen
Lilli Sairio ...
Mrs. Hyvärinen
Dagmar Parmas ...
Mrs. Varis
Hannes Hako ...
Pekka Turtiainen
Väinö Hellén ...


Farmer Ihalainen must go borrow matches from his neighbor. On the way he meets his friend Vatanen, who wants to marry the neighbor's daughter. Ihalainen promises to speak for him, and when the marriage is agreed, both men go to town to prepare the wedding. On the way they celebrate a bit, and arriving drunk at the town they end up in jail. Having broken havoc all around, they are released with the help of an old friend, widow Makkonen. To Vatanen, the widow now seems like a better option for marriage, and things get even more complicated when the villagers hear rumors of the men's death, and start reorganizing their lives. Ihalainen still has no matches... Written by B-rapunSaario

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30 January 1938 (Finland)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Remade as Za spichkami (1980) See more »

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The first movie version of Algot Untola's classic novel
1 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

Tulitikkuja lainaamassa (1938) is the first movie version of the novel written by Algot Untola (Maiju Lassila) in 1910.It's directed by Yrjö Norta and T.J. Särkkä.Aku Korhonen and Unto Laakso are terrific in the lead playing Antti Ihalainen and Jussi Vatanen.Ester Toivonen is wonderful as Maija-Liisa Ihalainen.And so is Aino Haverinen as her mother Anna-Liisa.Siiri Angerkoski is superb as Kaisa Makkonen.Joel Rinne is great as Ville Kettunen.Kaarlo Kartio is very funny as Tahvo Kenonen.Kaarlo Angerkoski is marvelous as Police Chief.I recently found this movie on VHS from the library.Some time ago I saw the version from 1980.Both of these movies are funny.In this movie the team work between Aku and Unto is something unique.Starting from the first moment they meet.We see them in many hilarious situations, like catching a pig.And when they're visiting Kaisa Makkonen.Or the havoc they cause after tasting a little booze.And there's something endearing to watch Aku Korhonen sleeping on the bench in the beginning of the movie.Watch this movie and enjoy the work of these comedic geniuses.

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