The Happy Canary

The Happy Canary or The Gay Canary (Russian: Весёлая канарейка, romanizedVesyolaya kanareyka) is a 1929 Soviet silent adventure film directed by Lev Kuleshov and starring Galina Kravchenko, Andrey Fayt and Ada Vojtsik.[1]

The Happy Canary
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Directed byLev Kuleshov
Written byBoris Gusman
Anatoli Marienhof
CinematographyBoris Frantsisson
Pyotr Yermolov
Edited byLev Kuleshov
Release date
5 March 1929
Running time
73 minutes
CountrySoviet Union
Russian intertitles

The film's sets were designed by the art director Sergei Kozlovsky.


Actress Brio working in a cafe "The Happy Canary", does not suspect that her new acquaintances Brianski and Lugovec are Communists sent by an underground committee to fight the enemy's counter-intelligence ...



Henri Barbusse described Gay Canary as "an amusing picture of the fever of revels and intrigues which took possession of Odessa during the foreign occupation ten years ago".[2]


  1. ^ Christie & Taylor p.429
  2. ^ Jay Leyda (1960). Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film. George Allen & Unwin. p. 270.


  • Christie, Ian & Taylor, Richard. The Film Factory: Russian and Soviet Cinema in Documents 1896-1939. Routledge, 2012.

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