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
John Vogel <email@example.com>
A wild and hilarious chase for a fortune in jewels.
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Did You Know?
Mel Brooks originally offered the role of Ippolit to Gene Wilder
. But Wilder wanted to play the role of Ostap instead. Brooks refused to cast Wilder because Ostap is described in the novel as "devilishly handsome". 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
I hate people I don't like.
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 Las doce sillas
(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