The Greatest Show on Earth

Characteristically elephantine Big Top epic from DeMille, thumped across with a winning brashness and garnering the veteran showman his first Best Picture Oscar. Heston crosses his Moses-to-be with Noah as he leads his 'children' and menagerie cross-country, while Stewart's killer-on-the-lam does a wonderfully affecting 'tears of a clown' number in the true, tacky circus tradition of sawdust, spectacle and sentiment.

Release details

Duration: 153 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Cecil B DeMille
Screenwriter: Fredric M Frank, Barré Lyndon, Theodore St John
Cast: James Stewart
Betty Hutton
Charlton Heston
Cornel Wilde
Dorothy Lamour
Gloria Grahame
Lawrence Tierney
Henry Wilcoxon
Bob Hope
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