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.
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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
In 1978, because of the public outrage against the 1958 re-dubbed version, Grigoriy Aleksandrov
was forced to re-release the film in a restored version with most of the original soundtrack from 1934 (but several scenes still had the 1958 soundtrack) and new animated title credits. See more
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Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Music by Franz Liszt See more