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The Great Gabbo

The Great Gabbo

Erich Von Stroheim
Director: James Cruze Cast: Erich Von Stroheim
Erich Von Stroheim
, Betty Compson
Betty Compson
, Marjorie "Babe" Kane
Marjorie "Babe" Kane
James Cruze


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After the disastrous failure of Queen Kelly, the great silent film director Eric Von Stroheim began to parcel himself out as an actor-for-hire, his directing career in tatters. His first post-Queen Kelly acting job was in this early sound film curio, with Von Stroheim playing The Great Gabbo, a ventriloquist who is gradually going insane, transferring his subliminal urges to his dummy, Otto. Gabbo's lovely assistant Mary (Betty Compson) is in love with him, but Gabbo's reciprocal love for Mary is transformed by Otto into heaps of hateful verbal abuse -- so much so that Mary leaves the act, walking out on Gabbo. Without Mary, Gabbo becomes completely unhinged, eking out retribution upon Otto. The Great Gabbo, made at the height of the early talkie musical revue boom, contains a series of inexplicable and incongruous musical production numbers, clumsily grafted onto this Lon Chaney-esque tale of psychological horror.

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Release Date: 07/27/2021
UPC: 0889290490520
Original Release: 1929
Rating: NR
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 58,974

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Erich Von Stroheim Great Gabbo
Betty Compson Mary
Marjorie "Babe" Kane Singer/Dancer
Donald Douglas Frank

Technical Credits
James Cruze Director,Producer
Andre-Ani Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Jonathan Cordish Producer
Lynn Cowan Score Composer
Frederick Hugh Herbert Screenwriter
Howard Jackson Score Composer
Maurice L. Kusell Choreography
Robert E. Lee Production Designer
Ira Morgan Cinematographer
Paul Titsworth Score Composer

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