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Moscow Laughs (1934)

Vesyolye rebyata (original title)
A musically talented shepherd gets his big chance when he is mistaken for a famous conductor.


Grigoriy Aleksandrov (as G. V. Aleksandrov)


Grigoriy Aleksandrov (as G. V. Aleksandrov), Nikolay Erdman (as N. R. Erdman) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Leonid Utyosov ... Kostya Potekhin
Lyubov Orlova ... Anyuta - the Housemaid
Mariya Strelkova ... Yelena - Child of the Foreign Trade Union
Elena Tyapkina ... Yelena's mother (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


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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Comedy | Musical


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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 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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Russian Big Band Salute to Panpipes and Pigs
7 January 2000 | by carganSee all my reviews

Happy rustic with a song, sheepskin hat, pan pipe and singing animals leads his herds to pasture and greets the workers and peasants. While swimming a mix-up occurs and he is taken for a famous conductor. Adulating fans lead him about but when invited to display his musical talents at a party, he forgets himself and uses his pan pipes, thereby inviting in all the local animals. Farce with animals eating the dinner and ruining the performance. The rustic is expelled, but then redeemed the following day when the real conductor is injured and the rustic takes his place, performing brilliantly. As a reward he is then given his own music school, and band. The film ends with Love + A Singing Milk Maid, + hundreds of dancing extras. Unique!

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Release Date:

24 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jolly Fellows See more »

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Moskinokombinat See more »
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1.37 : 1
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