THE GREAT GABBO ( 1929 )

FERNANDO’s CORNER ~  Posted April 11th, 2016

GREAT GABBO ( Screen Shot )

I watched a very good early talkie directed by James CruzeThe 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 GREAT GABBO ( I )THE GREAT GABBO ( III )

The print I saw on YouTube is in excellent condition, considering it is a Public Domain film from 87 years ago.

THE GREAT GABBO ( IV ) THE GREAT GABBO ( V )

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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