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The Greatest Show on Earth (10-Jan-1952)

Director: Cecil B. DeMille

Writers: Frank Cavett; Fredric M. Frank; Barré Lyndon; Theodore St. John

Producer: Cecil B. DeMille

Keywords: Drama, Circus

Behind-the-scenes look at the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey circus. Charlton Heston's first lead role. By any measure the greatest circus film ever produced, though a bit of a soap opera at times. Won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Story; received additional nominations for Best Director, Best Costume Design and Best Editing. Whether it deserved Best Picture is a matter of great controversy, many speculating that it was given as a reward to DeMille's years of service to the industry.

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Lyle Bettger
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Julia Faye
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Gloria Grahame
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Charlton Heston
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Betty Hutton
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Emmett Kelly
Performance Artist
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Dorothy Lamour
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Jimmy Stewart
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Lawrence Tierney
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Henry Wilcoxon
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Cornel Wilde
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