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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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

May 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Diana Lynn:  Circus spectator See more »

Goofs

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

Angel: [Sebastian almost drives his car into the elephant Angel is riding] Hey! Don't crowd, mister! Can't you see an elephant or do I have to paint her red?
Sebastian: I was blinded by the memory of a beautiful night in Paris.
Angel: [to the other circus performers] Blow up your water wings, girls, here comes the big wave!
[to Sebastian]
Angel: How come no husband ever shot you?
Sebastian: I never offer a sitting target.
Angel: I thought I'd seen the last of you when you got mixed up with that wire walker in Lisbon.
Sebastian: You will never see the last ...
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Referenced in An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Popcorn and Lemonade
(1951)
Music by Henry Sullivan
Lyrics by John Murray Anderson
Sung off camera by a chorus
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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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