The Greatest Show on Earth

Genre:  Drama, Family, Romance
Running Time:  152 min.
Release Date: January 10, 1952
DVD: April 6, 2004

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Cast: Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Dorothy Lamour, Gloria Grahame


This American drama focuses on the happenings inside the world’s largest railroad circus as two trapeze artists compete for center stage. Trapeze artist Holly’s (Betty Hutton) boyfriend and the show’s general manager Brad Braden (Charlton Heston) are caught in the middle of the power struggle for stardom, all while juggling multiple problems that need to be solved before the start of the new season.

Holly’s competition, The Great Sebastian (Cornel Wilde), is a notorious womanizer, and complications arise between the two trapeze artists and the GM as the story unravels.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Producer(s): Cecil B. DeMille
Screenplay: Fredric M. Frank, Barré Lyndon, Theodore St. John

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