The Greatest Show on Earth

  • U
  • Cecil B DeMille (1952)
  • US
  • 146 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This epic drama is, perhaps, not as great as its title would have us believe, though it did earn director Cecil B DeMille a best picture Oscar. On display is a jumbo-sized package of all the clichés that money can buy, as circus owner Charlton Heston strives to control the untamed emotions of Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde and Gloria Grahame. James Stewart gives the most original performance, playing a clown who, for reasons too complicated to explain, never takes off his make-up. As usual, DeMille megaphones his direction to let us know where we've been, where we are and where we're going, but this is marvellous entertainment, nevertheless.

Plot Summary

Cecil B DeMille's epic circus drama starring Charlton Heston and James Stewart. With a massive three-ring circus about to start a nationwide tour, tensions under the big top are running high.

Cast and crew

Cast

Brad
Charlton Heston
Buttons, a clown
James Stewart
Holly
Betty Hutton
Phyllis
Dorothy Lamour
Sebastian
Cornel Wilde
Angel
Gloria Grahame
Klaus
Lyle Bettger
Henderson
Lawrence Tierney
Detective
Henry Wilcoxon
Harry
John Kellogg
Jack Steelman, assistant manager
John Ridgely
Circus doctor
Frank Wilcox
Ringmaster
Bob Carson
Buttons's mother
Lillian Albertson
Birdie
Julia Faye
Ann
Gloria Drew
Tony
Anthony Marsh
Bruce
Bruce Cameron
Noel
Noel Neill
Charmienne
Charmienne Harker
Dorothy
Dorothy Crider
Patricia
Patricia Michon
Vicki
Vicki Bakken
Gay
Gay McEldowney
Hugh
Hugh Prosser
Rus
Rus Conklin
Jack
John Crawford
Claude
Claude Dunkin
Keith
Keith Richards (1)
Rosemary
Rosemary Dvorak
Lorna
Lorna Jordan
Mona
Mona Knox
Gertrude
Gertrude Messinger
Spectator
Bob Hope
Spectator
Bing Crosby
Midway barker
Edmond O'Brien
Emmett
Emmett Kelly
Spectator
Nancy Gates
Hopalong Cassidy
William Boyd (1)
Narrator
Cecil B DeMille

Crew

Director
Cecil B DeMille

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Distributor:
Paramount Home Entertainment
Categories
Drama

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