A treasure hunt. An aging ex-nobleman of the Czarist regime has finally adjusted to life under the commisars in Russia. Both he and the local priest find that the family jewels were hidden in a chair, one of a set of twelve. They return separately to Moscow to find the hidden fortune. Written by
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Did You Know?
The chairs that the characters in the movie are searching for were made by the fictitious furniture maker Christopher Hambs in London. In the original book the chairs, which were made in English style and had English material for seats, were made by the real-life furniture maker Heinrich Gambs, who was born in 1765 in Durlach near Karlsruhe, Germany and moved to St. Petersburg later. Since 1796 his company was making and selling furniture for the nobles and the Tsair. Many writers dedicated writings to this furniture but "The Twelve Chairs" by Ilf and Petrov is the most famous novel about it. See more
Shortly after Ippolit and Ostap arrive in Moscow, there is a pullout shot of Soviet buildings with prominently-displayed television antennas atop most of the buildings. Television broadcasting did not start in the Soviet Union until 1938--11 years after the date of this movie's setting (1927). See more
[They've torn one of chairs to pieces when Vorobyaninov realizes
How did you find out about the jewels?
Why, you disgusting creature! You used the sacred sacrement of confession to further your own ends!
Well, you are just about the most contemptible creature it has even been my misfortune to meet! You're not worth spitting on!
Well, you are!
[He spits on Vorobyaninov
In the opening credits the title of the movie is showed in Russian first (even with a typographic error 'Dvenadzat' stchlyev'), then it changes into the english title. The same happened at the end of the credits with the words "The end" (Konez), first cames the Russian word, than the english translation. See more
Version of Dvanáct kresel
(the soviet national anthem)
Written by Eugène Pottier
& Pierre Degeyter
played at the bureau of housing and at the opening of the railroad worker house by an orchester See more