The Great Gabbo Overview:

The Great Gabbo (1929) was a Drama - Musical Film directed by Erich von Stroheim and James Cruze and produced by James Cruze.

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Mary: We only take out of life what we put into it.


Otto: [to audience] How are you fixed for steady company?
Gabbo: Otto! How often do I have to tell you not to be so fresh?
Otto: Okay chief!
[back to audience]
Otto: How are you fixed for steady company?
Gabbo: Otto! Now that's enough or I'll put you away!


Gabbo: [after being fired by manager] What do I care for your show? Would you have a show without the Great Gabbo? All right! I'll quit!
[Begins laughing hysterically]
Gabbo: Otto, he thinks he's going to have a show without Gabbo! I'M LAUGHING!


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The dummy Otto was a hand carved basswood Frank Marshall figure. The same man who designed Edgar Bergen's famous characters Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd.
Color sequence(s) have not survived.
The "Gaga Bird" production number is presumed lost. Please check your attic.
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