Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

May 12, 2018, Jolly Fellows
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1934 Soviet film “Jolly Fellows,” also known as “Moscow Laughs.” I chose it because it was shown last Sunday at the George Eastman Museum as part of its Nitrate Picture Show.

“Jolly Fellows” was directed by Grigoriy Aleksandrov, with Leonid Utyosov, Lyubov Orlova, Mariya Strelkova, Elena Tyapkina, Fyodor Kurikhin, Arnold Arnold, Robert Erdman,  Marya Ivanovna, and Emmanuil Geller.

It’s on YouTube.

March 25, 1935, New York Times
Here is the New York Times review from March 24, 1935, which is impossible to find using the search function on the website.

May 7, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Robert Erdman.

May 8, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Lyubov Orlova.

May 9, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman plus a mysterious subtitle.

Update: This is Mariya Strelkova.

May 10, 2018, Mystery Photo

May 10, 2018, Mystery Photo

May 10, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have mystery gent. Plus hints.

Update: This is Arnold Arnold.

May 11, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we are having leading man in comic zituation.

Update: This is Orlova and leading man, right, Leonid Utyosov. The gentleman in the middle may be Fyodor Kurikhin, identified in IMDB as a “mortician” and in the New York Times as a coachman.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie’s country), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Beach Gal (mystery movie and mystery guests),  Megan, Lee Ann and Thom (mystery movie and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery women) and Sue Slutzky (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery woman).

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37 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Duncan Macrae.


  2. Howard Mandelbaum says:



  3. mary mallory says:

    Fred Stone.


  4. tucsonbarbara says:

    Felix Locher


  5. Andrew says:

    Finlay Currie


  6. Gary says:

    I’m getting Ingmar Bergman vibes: Smiles of a Summer Night?


  7. mary mallory says:

    Martine Carol yesterday.


  8. Don Danard says:

    Ms. Awkward in a Bathing Suit certainly looks like Fay Wray.


  9. Mary Mallory says:



  10. mary mallory says:

    It’s Russian then.


  11. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    JOLLY FELLOWS (1934).


  12. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    aka MOSCOW LAUGHS. Tuesday’s pert servant girl is Lubov Orlova.


  13. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Wednesday: Mariya Strelkova


  14. beachgal says:

    Oh my – this week’s film is been the Soviet 30’s film, Jolly Fellows – I’ve only seen it once and that was years ago.


  15. Megan, Lee Ann, and Thom says:

    Jolly Fellows (or Moscow Laughs) with Lyubov Orlova for Tuesday and Mariya Strelkova for Wednesday.


  16. Gary says:

    Quiet Flows the Don


  17. Sue Slutzky says:

    Tuesday: Lyubov Orlova and the movie is “The Jolly Fellows”, aka “Moscow Laughs,” 1934


  18. mary mallory says:

    Looks like Randolph Scott.


  19. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Leading man Leonid Utyosov with heroine Lubov Orlova.


  20. beachgal says:

    Friday, we have our leading man, Lyubov Orlova.


    • beachgal says:

      Should of have added, ‘our leading man – on the right.’


      • beachgal says:

        The actor in the middle on Friday is whoever the carriage driver was. I see he is not credited, despite his having a pretty big part speaking and dancing toward the end of the film. The actress on the left for Friday is our little maid, Lyubov Orlova — I see I goofed above and placed her name as our leading man on the right who is (corrected here), Kostya, played by Leonid Utyosov.


      • beachgal says:

        Ugh – these Russian names — so hard to spell, let alone pronounce!


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