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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[first lines]
Mary: Oh, I see a move. Look - eight on the nine, and then your King comes up, and that plays a Queen.
Gabbo: Will you leave these cards alone? You think you can show me something?

Gabbo: [Otto won't "shut up"] Otto, if you don't keep quiet I'll smash you! I'll destroy so that you won't make another sound! Do I want to listen to you? No!

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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