The Greatest Show on Earth

1952

Cecil B. DeMille
Director

The greatest cinema showman, Cecil B. DeMille, takes on the greatest show - the circus. Noisy, colourful entertainment with oodles of genuine circus atmosphere courtesy of Barnum and Bailey's. Carried off two Oscars: Best Picture and Best Writing.

Vidcaps courtesy Chris Survela



10th January 1952
Cinema






6th April 2004
DVD

Unrated

152 mins
1.37:1


12th February 2007
DVD



147 mins





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Betty Hutton
Holly
Cornel Wilde
Sebastian
Charlton Heston
Brad Braden
Dorothy Lamour
Phyllis
Gloria Grahame
Angel
Henry Wilcoxon
Gregory of the FBI
Lyle Bettger
Klaus
Lawrence Tierney
Mr. Henderson
Emmett Kelly
himself
Cucciola
himself
Robert Carson
Ringmaster (as Bob Carson)
Billy Snyder
Bill Snyder (as Bill Snyder)
William Boyd
Hopalong Cassidy
Lee Aaker
boy
Dorothy Adams
Sam's Wife
Eric Alden
Canvas Man
Erville Alderson
Spectator
Stanley Andrews
Spectator
Ross Bagdasarian
Spectator
Gladys Blake
Spectator
Oliver Blake
Spectator
Ralph Brooks
Spectator
Helen Brown
Spectator
Arthur Q. Bryan
Spectator
Bobby Burns
Spectator
Bobby Burns
Spectator
Paul E. Burns
Spectator
Bruce Cameron
Bruce
Malcolm Cassell
Little Boy Spectator
Iphigenie Castiglioni
Iphigenie Castiglioni
Lane Chandler
Dave
Ken Christy
Tightrope Act Spectator
Davison Clark
Farmer Sam
Gerald Courtemarche
Little Boy Spectator
John Crawford
Jack - Circus Attendant
John Crawford
Jack - Circus Attendant
Bing Crosby
Spectator
Bob Crosby
Spectator
Cecil B. DeMille
Narrator (voice)
Cecil B. DeMille
Narrator (voice)
Bobby Diamond
Little Boy Spectator
Lester Dorr
Midway Game Barker
Jimmie Dundee
Utility Man / Stake Driver
Art Dupuis
Spectator
Daisy Earles
Midget
Monie Ellis
Little Girl Spectator
Franklyn Farnum
Spectator
Julia Faye
Birdie
Mary Field
Spectator
Norman Field
Truesdale
Bess Flowers
Spectator
Kathleen Freeman
Spectator
Mona Freeman
Spectator
Gerry Ganzer
Spectator
Nancy Gates
Spectator
Everett Glass
Board member
Joseph Granby
Spectator
Greta Granstedt
Spectator
Scott H. Hall
Spectator
William Hall
Bill
William Hall
Bill
Chuck Hamilton
Ambulance Driver
Peter Hansen
Spectator
Charmienne Harker
Charmienne
Helene Hatch
Spectator
Jimmy Hawkins
Little Boy Spectator
William Henry
Spectator
Paula Hill
Spectator
Fay Holderness
Spectator
Bob Hope
Spectator
Jerry James
Spectator
Brad Johnson
Reporter
Van Johnson
Spectator (unconfirmed)
John Kellogg
Harry
Milton Kibbee
Pickpocket Victim
Mona Knox
Mona
Fred Kohler Jr.
Train Fireman
Ethan Laidlaw
Hank
Rudy Lee
Little Boy Spectator
Herbert Lytton
Foreman
George Magrill
Circus Man
Anthony Marsh
Tony
Sydney Mason
Carson
Peggy McKim
Little Girl Spectator
William Meader
Spectator
Frank Meredith
Train Engineer
John Merton
Chuck
Patricia Michon
Patricia
Ralph Montgomery
Spectator
Lyle Moraine
Spectator
Clarence Nash
Spectator
Howard Negley
Truck Boss
Noel Neill
Noel
Ottola Nesmith
Spectator
David Newell
Spectator
Judy Nugent
Little Girl Spectator
Edmond O'Brien
Midway Barker
Susan Odin
Little Girl Spectator
Sammy Ogg
Little Boy Spectator
Ruth Packard
Spectator
John Parrish
Jack Lawson
Luce Potter
Midget
Hugh Prosser
Hugh
Harry Raven
Circus Man
Keith Richards
Keith - Circus Attendant
John Ridgely
Asst. Manager
Angelo Rossitto
Midget
William Ruhl
Circus Barker
Syd Saylor
Circus Barker
Queenie Smith
Spectator
Robert R. Stephenson
Spectator
James Stewart
Buttons the Clown
Dale Van Sickel
Man in Train Wreck
Dorothy Vernon
Spectator
Wally Walker
Spectator
Beverly Washburn
Little Girl Spectator
Josephine Whittell
Spectator
Frank Wilcox
Circus Doctor
Fred Zendar
Spectator