Jolly Fellows, also known as Moscow Laughs, was the first Soviet musical film. Director, Grigori Aleksandrov, wowed not just domestic audiences, but also the international awards circuit: he won a prize for his directing at the Second Venice Film Festival.
The plot of the film is a hilarious story that takes place between Odessa and Moscow in the 1930s. A young shepherd is mistaken for a fashionable, foreign concert star. After a series of wild musical adventures, he ends up leading a jazz band and soon finds himself invited to perform at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.