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The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

 -  Drama | Family | Romance  -  May 1952 (USA)
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The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer against a background of circus spectacle.

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To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden engages The Great Sebastian, though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on the ground. Subplots involve the secret past of Buttons the Clown and the efforts of racketeers to move in on the game concessions. Let the show begin! Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Family | Romance

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May 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cecil B. DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$36,000,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Charlton Heston was driving through Paramount Studios when he spotted Cecil B. DeMille, who he had never met. Heston waved. DeMille was so impressed by Heston's wave he made inquiries that ultimately led to Heston being cast as Brad in this film. This was only Heston's third film and skyrocketed him to fame. One fan wrote a letter to DeMille on how much she enjoyed the movie and commented, "And I'm surprised how well the circus manager (Heston) worked with the real actors." Heston thought it was one of the best reviews he ever received. See more »

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The Walt Disney characters are seen getting their costume heads prior to the parade. When the characters are seen on parade inside the tent, they are in different costumes to what they were wearing when they got the heads. See more »

Quotes

Buttons: Clowns are funny people, they only love once.
Holly: All men aren't that way, even if they act like clowns.
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Soundtracks

Die Schoene Galathea: Ouverture (The Beautiful Galathea Overture)
(1849) (uncredited)
Music by Franz von Suppé
Played during the royal parade
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magical movie
11 February 2000 | by (manila, philippines) – See all my reviews

Since this film was released in 1952, some scenes in the film will really be outdated (effects). But other than that, the film is a feast to the eyes and if you're sentimental, to the heart. With a seemingly thin plot, Cecil B. deMille made the film work with visuals and moments of suspense that is missing from a lot of big films nowadays. Mr. deMille is a master of epic films and this is one example. He made the circus one of the main characters in the film, that you will find yourself missing it at this day and age. A guilty pleasure? For me this is a magical pleasure.


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