The Greatest Show on Earth

Lists: Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 1950s, Best Picture nominee 1950 to 1959

Brief Synopsis: "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."

Overall Ranking: 1553 (Rank from 1952: # 3)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 100%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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People Involved

  • Betty Hutton (Holly)
  • Cornel Wilde (The Great Sebastian)
  • Charlton Heston (Brad Braden)
  • Dorothy Lamour (Phyllis)
  • Gloria Grahame (Angel)
  • Henry Wilcoxon (FBI Agent Gregory)
  • Lyle Bettger (Klaus)
  • Lawrence Tierney (Mr. Henderson)
  • James Stewart (Buttons)
  • Emmett Kelly (Himself)
  • Julia Faye (Birdie)
  • Frank Wilcox (Doctor)
  • Lillian Albertson (Buttons mother)
  • Bess Flowers (Spectator (uncredited))
  • Dorothy Adams (Sams wife)
  • John Ringling North (Himself)
  • Lou Jacobs (Himself (clown))
  • Mona Freeman (Spectator (uncredited))
  • John Kellogg (Harry)
  • John Ridgely (Assistant Manager)
  • Cecil B. DeMille (Director)
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