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The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) was a Drama - Family Film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and produced by Cecil B. DeMille and Henry Wilcoxon.

Academy Awards 1952 --- Ceremony Number 25 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Costume DesignEdith Head, Dorothy Jeakins, Miles WhiteNominated
Best DirectorCecil B. DeMilleNominated
Best Film EditingAnne BauchensNominated
Best PictureCecil B. DeMille, ProducerWon
Best WritingFredric M. Frank, Theodore St. John, Frank CavettWon
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The Greatest Show on Earth ( 1952 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Nov 19, 2016 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

For Cecil B. DeMille there was no such thing as a regular feature film...it always had to be a spectacle. Circus films were a dime a dozen in the 1930s, but none of them really captured that thrill of seeing a circus in person. A circus was meant to be a spectacle, and the circus itself had to tak... Read full article


The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

By Beatrice on Sep 16, 2015 From Flickers in Time

The Greatest Show on Earth Directed by Cecil B. De Mille Written by Written by Fredric M. Frank, Barr? Lyndon, and Theodore St. John; story by Frank, St. John, and Frank Cavett 1952/USA Paramount Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental I will cut this movie some slack for the circus acts and Jimmy ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 21, 2012 From Virtual Virago

Critics often deride The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) as one of the worst Best Picture winners in Oscar history, but Cecil B. DeMille’s elaborate circus spectacle deserves a better reputation among classic movie fans. Yes, High Noon is the better film, but the blame for choosing the safer pic... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 21, 2012 From Virtual Virago

Critics often deride The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) as one of the worst Best Picture winners in Oscar history, but Cecil B. DeMille’s elaborate circus spectacle deserves a better reputation among classic movie fans. Yes, High Noon is the better film, but the blame for choosing the safer pic... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 21, 2012 From Virtual Virago

Critics often deride The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) as one of the worst Best Picture winners in Oscar history, but Cecil B. DeMille’s elaborate circus spectacle deserves a better reputation among classic movie fans. Yes, High Noon is the better film, but the blame for choosing the safer pic... Read full article


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Quotes from

Angel: [Sebastian almost drives his car into the elephant Angel is riding] Hey! Don't crowd, mister! Can't you see an elephant or do I have to paint her red?
Sebastian: I was blinded by the memory of a beautiful night in Paris.
Angel: [to the other circus performers] Blow up your water wings, girls, here comes the big wave!
[to Sebastian]
Angel: How come no husband ever shot you?
Sebastian: I never offer a sitting target.
Angel: I thought I'd seen the last of you when you got mixed up with that wire walker in Lisbon.
Sebastian: You will never see the last of me, Angel.
Klaus: ANGEL!
Angel: That will be arranged when you meet Klaus.


Holly: I'd hate to have your nerve in a tooth!


Angel: Listen, sugar, the only way that you can keep me warm is to wrap me up in a marriage license.


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Facts about

Rights to use of the title motto and the Ringling Bros.-Barnum & Bailey's facilities and performances were purchased for $250,000. Cecil B. DeMille advised the writers to view the German film Varieté as a model for the type of story he wanted. DeMille toured the Midwest for two months with the circus, collecting anecdotes, slang, and behind-the-scenes ideas. Publicity resulting from his involvement drew sell-out crowds to the performances.
Diana Lynn: Circus spectator
Cecil B. DeMille considered Marlene Dietrich and Hedy Lamarr for the lead but ultimately settled on Betty Hutton when the actress sent him an enormous thousand dollar floral piece featuring a replica of herself swinging fro a trapeze. DeMille accepted her on the condition she slim down her hips.
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