Great Gabbo
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"An early talkie that gets your attention because it's so perverse."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A laboratory experiment that isolates the Stroheim persona for all it's worth"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Interminable, unbelieavably show early talkie of interest only for Stroheim."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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