On a rainy evening Kostya and his band mates accidentally meet Anyuta on their way to a concert hall and take her with them.She is revealed to be an excellent singer, so she joins the band and they start to perform together successfully.See full summary » Stories from the lives of the tennants of the Moscow's communal apatment: Kostik, who is a college student, lives with his aunt while studying; Arkady Velyurov who is a performing artist; ...See full summary » The defeat of the "White Army" in the Russian Civil War of 1918-21, causing massive emigration of the upper classes and nobility, called "White Russians". See full summary » Merry Fellows was the first Soviet musical comedy. Shepherd Kostya Potekhin (Utyosov) is mistaken for an international concert star.
Her act includes a gun shooting her to the trapeze, the stage director there wants a copy ...Kostya becomes a head of the band and it turns to be quite a challenge – not only is he supposed to manage the creative work and performances but he must also control his quick-tempered bandmates, whose fiery arguments sometimes turn rehearsals into a brawl that results in the band being turned out of the house by their landlord.Because of this the band is urged to rehearse before a forthcoming performance right in the street and even play at funerals for more practice.behind the comedy of Jazz Comedy is no dismal shadow of tragedy, but the electrifying strength and vitality and freedom of a victorious working class." The film was enormously successful in the Soviet Union.It had a small impact much later in Australia after it was shown in 1964 at the Australia Cinema in Melbourne and the name "The Jolly Fellows" was used for over a decade thereafter by a small jazz band after the original members, David Meadows, Keith Morgan and Pete Bannister, high school friends and then all aged 19, had seen and enjoyed the film.Graham Greene, in his 26 September 1935 review for The Spectator, wrote that it "is the best thing that has happened to the cinema since René Clair made The Italian Straw Hat.Alexandrov, who has been awarded a Soviet Order for his direction, has produced, just as Clair did then, out of the smallest resources and apparently with poor-quality film, a picture of almost ecstatic happiness. I have no wish to criticise this film, but simply to rejoice in its wildness, its grotesqueness, its light, taking tunes, a sense of good living that owes nothing to champagne or women's clothes." in her 1 October 1935 review for The Daily Worker — effusively praised the film: "The workers in the Soviet Union have introduced to the world an entirely new sort of humour... He falls in love with Anyuta (Orlova) and plays the "star" for her. Shepherd Kostya Potekhin (Utyosov) is mistaken for an international concert star.Yelena's servant Anyuta (Lyubov Orlova) falls for Kostya.But Kostya is attracted to Yelena, and when she turns him down following the discovery of his real identity, he is very upset.