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Restless Youth (Trevozhnaya molodost)

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Restless Youth (Trevozhnaya molodost)
Trevozhnaya molodost Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Aleksandr Alov
Vladimir Naumov
Release Date 1955
Language Russian
Studio Kiev Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Vasiliy Mandzhura Aleksandr Susnin
Vasiliy Mandzhura in childhood Leonid Tsyplyakov
Petro Maremukha Mikhail Kramar
Petro Maremukha in childhood Oles Rudkovskiy
Galya Kushnir Tamara Loginova
Galya Kushnir in childhood Svetlana Velichko
Kot'ka Grigorenko Nikolai Rybnikov
Kot'ka Grigorenko in childhood Orest Kirst
Timofey Sergushin Nikolay Kryuchkov
Nikita Kolomeyets Grigoriy Gai

Restless Youth (Trevozhnaya molodost) is a Soviet 1955 (filmed 1954) B&W historical drama movie directed by Aleksandr Alov and Vladimir Naumov. It is based on the trilogy of novels "Staraya krepost" ("The Old Fortress") by Vladimir Belyaev. The movie depicts the fate of several kids, later young men and women, who live in the town of Kamenets-Podolskyi in Western Ukraine during and after the Russian Civil war.

This movie is the second screen adaptation of Belyaev's novels, preceded by a 1938 movie and followed by a 1973 TV series (both entitled "Staraya krepost", like the trilogy).


Nagant M1895

During the Russian Civil War, a Nagant M1895 revolver is seen in hands of a Haidamak (a soldier of the Ukrainian National Army). Chekist Nikita Kolomeyets (Grigoriy Gai) holds a Nagant in another scene set a decade later.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
A Haidamak in center holds a Nagant.
Kolomeyets holds a Nagant in center.

Smith & Wesson Victory Model

A Smith & Wesson Victory Model revolver (standing in for the original M&P) is used by Ukrainian Sotnik (Capt.) Zenon Pecheritsa (Yuri Lavrov). This gun is supposedly the same prop that appears in several other productions by Dovzhenko (Kiev) Film Studios in following decades.

Smith & Wesson Victory Model with 5" barrel. This is a British "Lend Lease" version chambered in .38 S&W
Pecheritsa fires at Commissar Sergushin.
Pecheritsa holds a revolver.

Glisenti M1874

A Glisenti M1874 revolver is seen in several scenes throughout the movie. Initially, it is seen during the events of the Russian Civil War when Nikita Kolomeyets (Grigoriy Gai) gives the revolver to wounded Commissar Timofey Sergushin (Nikolay Kryuchkov). Then, the Glisenti is stolen by a boy, Kot'ka Grigorenko (Orest Kirst). A decade later, Grigorenko (Nikolai Rybnikov) uses the revolver when he illegally crosses the Soviet border. After his arrest the revolver, returns to Kolomeyets, who identifies his old gun. In the movie, the revolver is called a "Wobley-Scott" (an incorrect pronunciation of "Webley & Scott"), following the text of the original novel. This prop is most likely the same that is seen in several other Dovzhenko (Kiev) Film Studios productions, like Zigmund Kolosovskiy and Zelyonyy Furgon.

Glisenti M1874 revolver - 10.35x20 mm
Kolomeyets hands the revolver to a wounded Sergushin.
The revolver is seen next to Sergushin's head.
Kot'ka Grigorenko fires the stolen revolver.
Grownup Grigorenko holds the revolver when he crosses the border.
Grigorenko fires.
Grigorenko and Kolomeyets grapple for the revolver.
Kolomeyets gets the revolver and fires it.
The revolver on Kolomeyets' table.
Kolomeyets shows the revolver to Vasiliy Mandzhura (Aleksandr Susnin).

Colt Single Action Army

A Colt Single Action Army revolver with pearl/ivory grips is seen in hands of a Haidamak. This prop is most likely the same that is seen in several other Dovzhenko (Kiev) Film Studios productions, like Sapogi vsmyatku.

Colt Single Action Army w/ 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model with nickel finish and ivory grips - .45 Long Colt
A Haidamak breaks a store window with the grip of his revolver.
Another view of the scene.
The same character (at the left) carries the revolver tucked in his belt. The white grips (possibly mother of pearl or even ivory) can be seen.

Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action

Top break revolvers that are possibly Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action models are seen in several scenes (it is probably the same prop reused). The screen gun is most likely not an original S&W production, but rather a WWI era Spanish manufactured gun in .455 Webley (British contract) or 10.35mm Glisenti (Italian contract). The same prop is possibly seen in several Dovzhenko Film Studios productions of 1950s-1960s.

Italian Army issued version of S&W .44 DA revolver, produced by Orbea Hermanos in Eibar, Spain (also known as "F. Tettoni, Brescia" by the name of the importing company) - 10.35x20 mm
A revolver in the hands of a Haidamak is seen in center. Note the typical DA frame.
Another view of the gun.
A Ukrainian Army officer draws a revolver in the scene in a theatre.
The officer holds his revolver. He uses a Nagant holster to carry his sidearm.
Another view of the scene.

Lefaucheux Revolver

A Haidamak holds a Lefaucheux Revolver. The exact model is unclear.

For comparison: Lefaucheux Model 1858 - 12mm Pinfire.
Two Haidamaks assault a woman. The one at the left holds a Lefaucheux revolver that lacks its extractor rod. Note that this man carries a Nagant holster.


Mauser C96 (mockup)

A Ukrainian Sotnik (Aleksandr Khvylya) carries a Mauser C96 in a holster. The appearance of the grip allows to make a guess that this is a mere wooden mockup.

C96 "Broomhandle" Mauser fitted with holster/stock combo - 7.63x25mm Mauser
The gun seems to be a mockup.


Mosin Nagant M1891

Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles are used by Nikita Kolomeyets (Grigoriy Gai) and by Haidamaks during the events of the Russian Civil War, along with Soviet border guards and Komsomol volunteers, notably Vasiliy Mandzhura (Aleksandr Susnin) and Petro Maremukha (Mikhail Kramar).

Full-length, Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mm R
Kolomeyets carries an M91 rifle.
A close view of the barrel of Kolomeyets' rifle.
Kolomeyets' rifle is seen when he leans over the wounded Sergushin.
Haidamaks fire at an escaping Kolomeyets. The man in the peaked cap holds an M91 Infantry rifle while the man in the fur hat is armed with an M91/30 (or possibly M91 Dragoon).
Soviet border guards arrest a group of smugglers.
Komsomol volunteers with rifles.
A close view of the barrel of Petro Maremukha's rifle.
Maremukha fires at a saboteur, eyes closed.
Vasiliy Mandzhura (at the right) holds a rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

At least one of the Haidamaks is armed with a Mosin Nagant M1891/30 (or possibly M91 Dragoon).

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
One of the Haidamaks holds an M91/30 rifle.
Haidamaks fire at escaping Kolomeyets. The man in the peaked cap holds an M91 Infantry rifle while the man in the fur hat is armed with an M91/30 (or possibly M91 Dragoon).

Mauser Rifles

Some Haidamaks and Red soldiers carry Mauser rifles of unclear model.

For comparison: Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Haidamak at the right holds a Mauser rifle.
Red soldiers in a tachanka cart hold Mauser rifles.

Wz. 29 Mauser

Some Red soldiers carry Mauser rifles. These rifles are of carbine length and have straight bolt handles. Polish Wz. 29 Mauser seems to be a decent guess for some of them.

Wz. 29 Mauser - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Red cavalryman carries a Mauser rifle. Note the large protectors of the front sight.
A Red cavalryman carries a Mauser rifle that also seems to be a Wz. 29 model.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim machine guns are used by Reds during the events of the Russian Civil War. The only one of them that is seen clear enough appears to be an M10/30.

Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
Members of Revcom (revolutionary committee) fire a Maxim.
Maxims are seen mounted on Red Army tachanka carts. The exact model of these machine guns is unidentifiable.

Other Weapons

M1917 Chemical Hand Grenade

A Ukrainian Sotnik (Aleksandr Khvylya) carries a pair of M1917 Chemical Hand Grenades, probably chosen for their distinct, formidable appearance.

Russian M1917 Chemical hand grenade

Stick Hand Grenade

A stick hand grenade (most likely a mockup) is seen in the hands of a Haidamak.

A Haidamak breaks a store window with the grip of his revolver. He holds a hand grenade in his left hand.

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