Arshin Takes a Wife (1945)


Arshin Takes a Wife (1945)
Arshin Mal Alan (original title)

In XX century young merchant decides to marry. He wants to see the girl before the wedding. And his friend Suleiman helps him in this regard.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Soviet Union
IMDb   7.7 /10
TheMovieDb    8.8 /10
Director Nikolay Leshchenko
Director Rza Takhmasib
Writer Uzeyir Hajibayov
Writer Sabit Rakhman
Release Date1949-01-21
Runtime1h 36mins
GenreComedy, Musical
Content Rating
Awards1 win.
CompanyAzerbaijanfilm, Baku Film Studio
CountrySoviet Union
LanguageRussian, Azerbaijani
Arshin Mal-Alan (as L. Beibutov)
Gulchokra (as Leila Dzhavanshirova)
Valli (as L. Abgulayev)
Cahan xala (as Munevver Kelenterli)
Alakbar Huseynzade
Alakbar Huseynzade
Sultan Bek
Fatma Mehraliyeva
Fatma Mehraliyeva
Telli (as F. Mekhraliyeva)
R. Mustafayeva
R. Mustafayeva
Ismail Efendiyev
Ismail Efendiyev
Suleiman (as I. Efendiyev)
Mirzaagha Aliyev
Mirzaagha Aliyev
(as Mirza Aliyev)
Husein Zade
Husein Zade

The Cloth Peddler (1945 film)

The Cloth Peddler (Azerbaijani: Arşın Mal Alan) is a 1945 Azerbaijani Romantic Comedy musical film made in Baku, based on the Arshin Mal Alan (operetta) by the famous Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov.


Set in Baku at the turn of the 20th century, a young successful businessman Asgar (Rashid Behbudov) wishes to marry. He wants his bride to be the choice of his heart, however, Azerbaijani tradition restricted him from communicating with the lady as a lover before marriage. So Asgar decides to disguise himself as a mere cloth peddler and the young woman Gulchoehra (Leyla Badirbayli) falls in love with him. However, she is concerned that her father, Soltan bey (Alakbar Huseynzade) will not allow her to marry a cloth peddler. Young Asgar then reveals himself to her father and asks for her hand in marriage. Seeing that he is indeed a wealthy young man, the father agrees and the two are permitted to marry.


  • Rashid Behbudov (Asgar),
  • Leyla Badirbayli (Guelchohra),
  • Alakbar Huseynzade (Soltan bey)
  • Munavvar Kalantarli (Jahan khala)
  • Ismayil Afandiyev (Suleyman)
  • Rahila Mustafayeva (Asya)
  • Lutfali Abdullayev (Vali)
  • Mirzaagha Aliyev

About movie

  • The film has already been shown in 136 countries and translated into 86 languages.
  • The film was screened on the basis of Uzeyir Hajibayov's same name operetta.
  • Film was re-mastered and colorized in 2013 in Los Angeles at the expense of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation of Azerbaijan.
  • The 1945 film was shot in black-and-white in the midst of Soviet engagement in World War II
  • The Ministry of Culture and Tourism brought a copy of the film "Arshin Mal Alan" in the Moscow Film Foundation to Baku with the financial support of the International Bank, and organized a re-translation of the film into Azerbaijani language. The film was demonstrated for the first time in the 60th anniversary of it on 16 May 2006.
  • The film was screened at the Le Balzac Cinema of France in March 2018 within the framework of the Week of foreign films.


  • At the initiative of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the film was colorized and remastered in Los Angeles in 2012-2013. Its colorized version premiered in Baku, Azerbaijan in December 2013.

Premiere in Hollywood

  • The colorized version of Arshin Mal Alan (The Cloth Peddler), was shown on September 19, 2015 in Hollywood, US by the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles