The Greatest Show on Earth

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Master showman Cecil B. DeMille brings the wonder and excitement of the Ringling Bros. - Barnum & Bailey Circus magically to life in The Greatest Show On Earth. DeMille weaves in personal stories, blending drama with spectacle, and mixes in lion tamers,... read more
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Master showman Cecil B. DeMille brings the wonder and excitement of the Ringling Bros. - Barnum & Bailey Circus magically to life in The Greatest Show On Earth. DeMille weaves in personal stories, blending drama with spectacle, and mixes in lion tamers, circus flyers, acrobats, tightrope walkers, clowns and an incredible train wreck.

Original Release

01/10/1952

US Release

02/21/1952

Cast

Betty Hutton Holly
Cornel Wilde The Great Sebastian
Charlton Heston Brad Braden
Dorothy Lamour Phyllis
Gloria Grahame Angel
Henry Wilcoxon FBI Agent Gregory
Lyle Bettger Klaus
Lawrence Tierney Mr. Henderson
James Stewart 'Buttons' A Clown / Buttons
Emmett Kelly Emmett Kelly / Himself
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers

Fredric M. Frank, Theodore St. John, Barré Lyndon, Frank Cavett, Jack Gariss

Cast

Betty Hutton Holly
Cornel Wilde The Great Sebastian
Charlton Heston Brad Braden
Dorothy Lamour Phyllis
Gloria Grahame Angel
Henry Wilcoxon FBI Agent Gregory
Lyle Bettger Klaus
Lawrence Tierney Mr. Henderson
James Stewart 'Buttons' A Clown / Buttons
Emmett Kelly Emmett Kelly / Himself
Julia Faye Birdie
Frank Wilcox Circus Doctor / Doctor
Lillian Albertson Buttons' Mother
Dorothy Adams Sam's Wife
John Ringling North John Ringling North / Himself
Lou Jacobs Lou Jacobs / Himself (clown)
Mona Freeman Spectator
John Kellogg Harry
John Ridgely Assistant Manager
Beverly Washburn Little Girl Spectator

Producers

Editors

Anne Bauchens

1953 Oscar Best Picture Won
1953 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1953 Oscar Best Writing, Motion Picture Story Won
1953 Oscar Best Costume Design, Color Nominated
1953 Oscar Best Film Editing Nominated
1953 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Won
1953 Golden Globe Best Director Won
1953 Golden Globe Best Cinematography - Color Won
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