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 and based on the trilogy of novels "Staraya krepost" ("The Old Fortress") by Vladimir Belyaev. The movie depicts the fate of several kids, then 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 1938 movie and followed by 1973 TV series (both entitled "Staraya krepost", like the trilogy).



Nagant M1895

During the scene of the Civil war a Nagant M1895 revolver is seen in hands of a Haidamak (a soldier of Ukrainian National Army). Chekist Nikita Kolomeyets (Grigoriy Gai) holds a Nagant in the 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 for original M&P) is used by Ukrainian Sotnik (Capt.) Zenon Pecheritsa (Yuri Lavrov). This gun is supposedly the same prop that appeared in several other productions of 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 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 Soviet border. After his arrest the revolver returns to Kolomeyets who identifies his old gun. In the movie the revolver is called "Wobley-Scott" (an incorrect pronunciation of "Webley & Scott"). 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 wounded Sergushin.
The revolver is seen next to Sergushin's head.
Kot'ka Grigorenko fires the stolen revolver at
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. Note: see talk page for additional materials that help the proper identification.

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 showcase with a 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 Double Action

Top break revolvers that are possibly a Smith & Wesson Double Action model or one of its European clones are seen in several scenes (probably it is the same prop reused). The screen gun looks too small for .44 versions, possibly it's smaller caliber version, like Model 2 or Model 4.

For comparison: Smith & Wesson 4th Model Double Action - .32 S&W
A revolver in hands of a Haidamak is seen in center. Note the typical DA frame.
Another view of the gun.
An Ukrainian Army officer draws a revolver in the scene in theatre.
The officer holds his revolver. Note that he carries his sidearm in Nagant holster, that isn't possible for large frame .44 revolver.
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)

An Ukrainian Sotnik (Aleksandr Khvylya) carries a Mauser C96 in holster. The outlook 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 Civil war, and by 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 wounded Sergushin.
Haidamaks fire at escaping Kolomeyets. The man in peaked cap holds an M91 Infantry rifle while the man in 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 peaked cap holds an M91 Infantry rifle while the man in fur hat is armed with an M91/30 (or possibly M91 Dragoon).

Karabinek wz. 1929

Some Red soldiers carry Mauser rifles. These rifles are of carbine length and have straight bolt handles. Polish Karabinek wz. 1929 seems to be a decent guess for some of them.

Polish Karabinek wz. 1929 - 7.92x57mm
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.

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 tachanka cart hold Mauser rifles.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim machine guns are used by Reds during the events of the 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

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

Russian M1917 Chemical hand grenade

Stick Hand Grenade

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

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

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