The Great Gabbo Movie Review 1929

Information and Film Reviews for The Great Gabbo the Movie

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A ventriloquist can express himself only through his dummy, losing his own identity and going mad at the end. Von Stroheim's first talkie. May quite possibly be the first mentally-twisted-ventriloquist story ever put on film. Von Stroheim hated the movie, believing it to be analogous to his own life. When he tried to buy the rights to the film, presumably to destroy the prints, he found that the property had been already purchased by real-life ventriloquist, Edgar Bergen. Based on a story by Ben Hecht.


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Available on VHS
Running time 82 minutes.

Cast and Crew

You Big Dummy!, Role Reversal, Puppets
Ben Hecht, F. Hugh Herbert
Erich von Stroheim, Betty Compson, Don Douglas, Marjorie "Babe" Kane
Ira Morgan
James Cruze
Howard Jackson, Charley Chase
Sono Art, World Wide

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