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The Greatest Show on Earth

1952 Rated NR 2hr 32m

Cecil B. DeMille directs this Oscar winner for Best Picture, a splashy, three-ring epic about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Charlton Heston stars as the respected circus manager who keeps the show together. That's not an easy job, considering all the clashing egos involved, including a daredevil trapeze artist (Cornel Wilde) and his fellow performer (Betty Hutton). Jimmy Stewart co-stars as an undercover clown on the lam.

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Movie Details

1953 Golden Globe Awards
  • Best Director (Motion Picture)
  • Best Motion Picture (Drama)
1953 Academy Award®
  • Best Picture
  • Best Writing
  • Best Film Editing nominee
  • Best Director nominee: Cecil B. DeMille
  • Best Costume Design Color nominee
Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
Screen formats

Full Screen 1.33:1



Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono

Other features

Color; interactive menus; scene access.