The Great Gabbo (1929)

The Great Gabbo




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Circus ventriloquist The Great Gabbo's obsession with his wooden dummy begins to blur their identities as the puppet threatens to assume control. The film is derived from a Ben Hecht story, with endless extraneous musical numbers and static execution, save for the fascinating Eric von Stroheim in his first talkie.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Frederick Hugh Herbert, Ben Hecht
On DVD: May 31, 2005
World Wide Pictures


as Frank

as Singer/Dancer

as A dummy
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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An early talkie that gets your attention because it's so perverse.

Full Review… | October 6, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A laboratory experiment that isolates the Stroheim persona for all it's worth

Full Review… | February 7, 2010

Interminable, unbelieavably show early talkie of interest only for Stroheim.

September 11, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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