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.
Here is the New York Times review from March 24, 1935, which is impossible to find using the search function on the nytimes.com website.
For Monday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Robert Erdman.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is Lyubov Orlova.
For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman plus a mysterious subtitle.
Update: This is Mariya Strelkova.
For Thursday, we have mystery gent. Plus hints.
Update: This is Arnold Arnold.
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).