The Greatest Show on Earth

The Heartbeat Story of Circus People, Filmed with the Cooperation of Ringling Bros. - Barnum and Bailey Circus!

Categories: Drama, Family, Romance
To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden engages The Great Sebastian, though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on the ground.

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1952-02-16
Run time: 152 minute / 2:32
Budget: $4,000,000
Revenue: $36,000,000
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Writers: Barré Lyndon, Fredric M. Frank, Theodore St. John.
Production Company : Paramount
Production Country: United States of America


Charlton Heston
as Brad Braden
Betty Hutton
as Holly
Cornel Wilde
as The Great Sebastian
Gloria Grahame
as Angel
James Stewart
as Buttons
Lyle Bettger
as Klaus
Dorothy Lamour
as Phyllis
Robert Carson
as The Ringmaster
John Kellogg
as Harry
Lawrence Tierney
as Mr. Henderson
Julia Faye
as Birdie
Cecil B. DeMille
as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
John Ringling North
as Himself
Emmett Kelly
as Himself
Lou Jacobs
as Himself (clown)
Brad Jackson
as Reporter at RIngside
Frank Wilcox
as Doctor
Henry Wilcoxon
as FBI Agent Gregory
Lillian Albertson
as Buttons' mother
Milton Kibbee
as Picked-pocket Customer
Davison Clark
as Sam, game customer
Dorothy Adams
as Sam's Wife (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan
as Ice-Cream Eating Spectator
Bess Flowers
as Spectator (uncredited)
Bing Crosby
as Spectator (uncredited)
Bob Hope
as Spectator (uncredited)
Mona Freeman
as Spectator (uncredited)
Kathleen Freeman
as Spectator (uncredited)
William Boyd
as Hopalong Cassidy (uncredited)
Beverly Washburn
as Little Girl Spectator (uncredited)
Lee Aaker
as Little Boy Spectator (uncredited)
Erville Alderson
as Spectator (uncredited)
Oliver Blake
as Spectator (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum
as Spectator (uncredited)
Nancy Gates
as Spectator
Bob Crosby
as Spectator
John Ridgely
as Assistant Manager
Lane Chandler
as Dave (uncredited)
Edmond O'Brien
as Midway Barker at End (uncredited)
Eric Alden
as Canvas Man (uncredited)
Noel Neill
as Noel (uncredited)
Syd Saylor
as Circus Barker (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton
as Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Daisy Earles
as Midget
Luce Potter
as Midget
Angelo Rossitto
as Dwarf
George Barnes Director of Photography

Costume & Make-Up
Edith Head Costume Design

Hal Pereira Art Direction
Sam Comer Set Decoration
Ray Moyer Set Decoration

Costume & Make-Up
Wally Westmore Makeup Supervisor

Harry Lindgren Sound Recordist
John Cope Sound Recordist

Cecil B. DeMille Director

Cecil B. DeMille Producer

Walter H. Tyler Art Direction

Victor Young Original Music Composer

Costume & Make-Up
Dorothy Jeakins Costume Design

Arthur Rosson Second Unit Director

Barré Lyndon Screenplay

Jack Gariss Additional Writing

Henry Wilcoxon Associate Producer

Anne Bauchens Editor

Fredric M. Frank Screenplay
Fredric M. Frank Story
Theodore St. John Screenplay
Theodore St. John Story

J. Peverell Marley Additional Photography
W. Wallace Kelley Additional Photography

Frank Cavett Story

John Ringling North Technical Advisor

Edward Salven Assistant Director

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