The Great Gabbo
Directed by James Cruze
While vacationing in the Alps, a husband ensnares his wife in a web of infidelity, testing her loyalty and ultimately challenging his own manhood.
A roguish officer ensnares his wife in a web of infidelity, testing her loyalty and ultimately challenging the manhood of her husband.
Cast: Erich von Stroheim, Donald Douglas, Betty Compson
love a 20's pre-Code romantic comedy with musical numbers
A great "lost classic" restored! more of a psychological thriller than horror, but an amazing work of early cinema. A lot of work must have been done to get this 1929 film in good enough shape to show again. Erich von Stroheim was a treasure, and like Lon Chaney,Sr. should always be recalled when discussing the early days of film. His performance, as well as Betty Compson, who plays his love interest, are quite fine for the time period. If you pay attention you will notice how scenes were shot in one take as there are some gaffes, but that's what makes it so real compared to today. The singing and dancing stage routines give us a sense of what Vaudeville entertainment was like back in the day of no television and very little radio. It was a different world and this film gives us a peek into it. The ending is a real punch to the heart, too.
More unusual classics like this, please!
really enjoyed this. not really horror but definitely quite a strange film and i love the bit where he stuffed a scarf in his mouth whilst yodeling. watch it for that alone! happy to see something a bit different on shudder too
Not horror at all but a good musical classic.