Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Great Gabbo (1929) Erich von Stroheim

An insanely, egocentric ventriloquist, even though he is possessed by his wooden dummy, is in love with a dancer who is in love with another. The dummy gives advice to the ventriloquist.


 James CruzeErich von Stroheim (uncredited)


 Erich von StroheimDonald DouglasBetty Compson

Erich Von Stroheim in his talkie debut as the egotistical ventriloquist Gabbo. Gabbo is such a miserable person and his dummy is so sweet. Gabbo can make the dummy talk while drinking, eating or smoking. But is it Gabbo really talking or is the dummy doing the talking? The film has some great musical and dance production numbers. Majorie Kane, who was one of many Helen Kane impersonators, is delightful. Betty Compson plays Gabbo's assistant who is driven away because of his cruelty. The film was a bit slow at times, but if you like your ventriloquist to be psycho, you'll love The Great Gabbo.★★★

Erich von Stroheim

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