The Great Gabbo (1929) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Great Gabbo (1929)




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In this film, a ventriloquist who calls himself the Great Gabbo begins to lose his sense of identity when his only means of expression is through his wooden dummy. As the Great Gabbo begins to rely more and more on his dummy, he begins to go mad.

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Critic Reviews for The Great Gabbo

All Critics (6)

Some bizarre musical numbers in the granddaddy of all "strange ventriloquist" chillers.

Full Review… | October 1, 2014
Classic Film and Television

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)

Audience Reviews for The Great Gabbo


Campy and fun to watch from a historical perspective, as it is one of the first talkies. Gabbo is a ventriliquist that treats his dummy like a real person and can only express affection through him. Decent acting and storyline intermingled with laughably bad and over the top musical numbers.

Mara Barker
Mara Barker

Fascinating early talkie and the first movie with a devilish ventriloquist dummy. Well acted Von Stroheim. Unusual mix of melodrama and musical numbers. A real curio.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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