LanguageSilent film (Russian intertitles) Release date6 January 1930 (1930-01-06) (Finland) WriterVadim Shershenevich, Valentin Turkin Initial releaseApril 19, 1927 (Soviet Union) ScreenplayVadim Shershenevich, Valentin Turkin CastAnna Sten (Natasha), Vladimir Mikhajlov, Vladimir Fogel (Fogelev), Ivan Koval-Samborsky (Ilya Snegiryov), Serafima Birman (Madame Irène) Similar moviesAnna Sten movies, Soviet Union movies, Silent movies
The Girl with a Hatbox or Moscow That Laughs and Weeps (Russian: Девушка с коробкой, Devushka s korobkoy) is a 1927 Soviet silent romantic comedy film directed by Boris Barnet and starring Anna Sten, Vladimir Mikhailov and Vladimir Fogel. The picture was commissioned by the People's Commissariat (Narkomfin) to promote government bonds. It was a success with the audiences and the critics alike.
Natasha and her grandfather live in a cottage near Moscow, making hats for Madame Irène. Madame and her husband have told the housing committee that Natasha rents a room from them; this fiddle gives Madame's lazy husband a room for lounging. The local railroad clerk, Fogelev, loves Natasha but she takes a shine to Ilya, a clumsy student who sleeps in the train station. To help Ilya, Natasha marries him and takes him to Madame's to live in the room the house committee thinks is hers. Meanwhile, Madame's husband pays Natasha with a lottery ticket he thinks is a loser, and when it comes up big, just as Ilya and Natasha are falling in love, everything gets complicated...