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The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

Updated: Oct 15, 2022

Plot Summary: "The Greatest Show on Earth" is a dazzling spectacle of life behind the scenes with Ringling Bros.-Barnum and Bailey Circus, the best three-ring circus in the land. Celebrates the extravagant three-ring circus and depicts the passionate scenes of love and jealousy behind the greatest show on Earth.

*Recognition: Nominated for Best Director (Cecil B. DeMille), Costume Design, and Film Editing; Won for Best Picture and Best Story.

What is this movie is about?: A spectacle advertisement for the Circus.

Best Performance: Betty Hutton

Best Minor Performance: Cornel Wilde/James Stewart

Most Charismatic Award: Cornel Wilde/James Stewart

Best Scene: The Train Crash

Favorite Scene: First Trapeze Show

Most Indelible Moment: The Train Crash

Best Line:

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

Honorable Mention:


Funniest Line:

Buttons: Clowns are funny people, they only love once.

Holly: All men aren't that way, even if they act like clowns.

The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 2.5

Impact/Significance: 5.5

Novelty: 5.5

Classic-ness: 4.5

Rewatchability: 2.5

Audience Score: 5.5

Total: 26

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