FERNANDO’s CORNER ~ Posted April 11th, 2016
I watched a very good early talkie directed by James Cruze “The Great Gabbo.” Pro-duced by Sono-Art with the larger-than-life Erich Von Stroheim as a megalomaniac and egocentric (what else?) ventriloquist who finds success, but not real happiness. Betty Compson is excellent as his understanding, devoted but discarded “friend.”
The print I saw on YouTube is in excellent condition, considering it is a Public Domain film from 87 years ago.
Since musicals were in vogue and an important part of the film is set during a Broadway Show, there are many musical numbers, which must have seem quite lavish for audiences of 1929.
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