Gabbo, Gabbo, Gabbo! "Simpsons" fans might notice a familiar name in the title. The episode "Krusty Gets Kancelled" is inspired by this movie (or possibly "The Rival Dummy," the story on which the film is based). "The Great Gabbo" is an odd little movie about a ventriloquist named Gabbo and his obsession with his doll, Otto. Plus, there are random musical scenes.
During the film, Gabbo finds a love interest, Mary, but he refuses to leave Otto at home, taking him to dinner and everywhere else. Mary, not wanting to live with a manchild, leaves Gabbo. But Gabbo is still in love with Mary and declares his love for her in the dressing room.
Mary isn’t interested in the great Gabbo, though. She’s interested in the wooden doll with the pageboy haircut. "Don’t hurt your little nose again, Otto," she tells the doll, stroking the tip of its wooden nose. "I loved you. I think I always have. And I think I always will."
After Mary leaves, Gabbo punches Otto in the face, apologizes, interrupts the musical number on stage, screams at the audience and is fired.
We’ve been making bad movies for a really, really long time.