The Greatest Show on Earth

The Greatest Show on Earth

Director: Cecil B. DeMille Cast: Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston
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The Greatest Show on Earth 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a child, I loved the Greatest Show on Earth.  First time I'd seen Charlton Heston.   Went back and saw the film several times.  Loved Betty Hutton in that, as well as her performance in  Anne Get Your Gun.  Especially remembered scene when elephant trainer had elephant hold its huge food over Gloria's head.
Jay_Raskin More than 1 year ago
Much of this film holds up very well. It is not the great film that Cecil B. Demille was trying to make, but a lot of it is beautiful and a lot is effective and moving. Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Gloria Graham and James Stewart are excellent. Hutton should have received an academy award nomination as she is absolutely convincing as a trapeze artist. Wilde plays a wonderfully amusing arrogant French trapeze artist. Gloria Graham as a cynical elephant trainer and James Stewart, hiding under clown make-up for almost the entire movie, are quite moving in roles that could easily have been cliches. On the other hand, Charlton Heston's screen debut is rather inauspicious. He looks like a male model, overacts (probably taking too much direction from Demille) and lacks emotional range. Dorothy Lamour is sadly wasted in a bit part. After starring in three films in 1949 that did not do well, her terrific career went into a death spiral. This film did not help. The main plot involves a love quadrangle with Hutton, Graham, Heston and Wilde. This is complex and involving. Two subplots involving competition between Hutton and Wilde for star billing and Stewart trying to escape his past work very well too. A fourth subplot concerning a robbery is childish and almost ruins the picture. The movie won an Oscar for best picture of 1952. It was not a great year for films, but "Singing in The Rain" and "High Noon" both should have beaten it. It was also the highest grossing movie at the box office that year. The movie attempts to show a time when the circus was "the Greatest Show on Earth". It actually succeeds in this rather well. The acts are quite entertaining and they add enough "wow" to make this a near great film. It may not be the greatest show on Earth, but this film is one of the good films of the 1950's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago