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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 »

Director:

Grigoriy Aleksandrov (as G. V. Aleksandrov)

Writers:

Grigoriy Aleksandrov (as G. V. Aleksandrov), Nikolay Erdman (as N. R. Erdman) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

24 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jolly Fellows See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HDCAM)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Alternate Versions

In 1958, director Grigori Aleksandrov made a re-dubbed version, pretending that the original soundtrack had been damaged. Leonid Utyosov's lines and songs were dubbed by and a few lines and scenes were deleted because of censorship. The animated title credits were remade with some changes: for example, the words "Jazz comedy" above the main title of the film were removed; the animated cow was no more spitting as in the 1934 original. See more »

Connections

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Have we seen a different movie?
12 January 2018 | by hahnerpeterSee all my reviews

I don"t understand the users who have written these reviews. This film is idiotic, amateurish and mendacious. Look at that those first ten minutes! Those rich and happy peasants! It was made in the years after the time when the entire country was hit by epidemics and famine. Millions died and suffered.from mass repression. According to this film this was the time of happy peasants and funny musicals. So the word "lovely" sounds a bit weird.


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