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Professori Masa (1949)



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Ansa I. and Tauno Palo (leading man) were, you could say, a legendary filmstar couple in Finland since late thirtieth. You may even say that they in some extent kept up the morale of the ... See full summary »

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Stars: Ansa Ikonen, Tauno Palo, Jussi Jurkka


Cast overview, first billed only:
Tauno Palo ... Matias Kaarivaara
Ansa Ikonen ... Esteri Tervola
Leo Riuttu Leo Riuttu ... Väiski
Eija Inkeri Eija Inkeri ... Kyllikki Kaarivaara
Lasse Pöysti ... Pentti Simola
Siiri Angerkoski ... Elisabeth
Unto Salminen Unto Salminen ... Nordgren
Tarmo Manni ... Eemeli
Joel Asikainen Joel Asikainen ... Police Sergeant
Mauri Jaakkola Mauri Jaakkola ... Niilola
Aarne Laine Aarne Laine ... Alvar
Rafael Pihlaja Rafael Pihlaja ... Minister
Urho Lahti Urho Lahti ... Dock Worker
Matti Aulos Matti Aulos ... Conservative Manager
Veikko Linna Veikko Linna ... Conservative


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Release Date:

25 December 1949 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Masa See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland

Company Credits

Production Co:

Suomen Filmiteollisuus See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Aga-Baltic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer T.J. Särkkä wanted Joel Rinne to play the role of 'Matias Kaarivaara', but they couldn't archive mutual understanding of the terms of the contract. Särkkä was so upset that he yelled to director Matti Kassila: "There was some actor called Rinne and his HEAD WAS THIS BIG!" Same time he was outlining large circle in the air. See more »

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Professor Masa
30 July 2007 | by mart-45See all my reviews

A shallow "social" comedy about a conservative professor of social science whose conscience makes him want to know the working class a bit closer, so he becomes a dock worker by night and keeps on lecturing at the university by day. The workers take him as one of their own, and while the conservatives nominate him as their candidate for the minister of one-or-the-other, the dock workers (i.e. the working class) does the same. A bit implausible situation, not helped by the fact that the enthusiastic lady journalist who lodges at the professor's apartment and is overly smitten about the hero of the working class while giving her newspaper an exclusive about him, never even suspects the two are one and the same - because one has a bit of smut on his face, and the other never does.

A very old fashioned comedy of mix up, not terribly interesting or witty. The golden voices of the Finnish cinema, Ansa Ikonen and Tauno Palo don't get to sing a note.

Released as a double feature with their 1948 film "The song of the outskirts" on DVD in Finland.

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