The Greatest Show on Earth
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Starring: Betty Hutton, James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Gloria Grahame, Cornel Wilde
Grade: C -
I do wonder how much influence DeMille had in Hollywood at this period. Just two years previous to this Norma Desmond had clamoured for his attention in the delicious Sunset Blvd. and he's still regarded as one of the most famous Producers of all time. I can't help but think though that Oscar made a cardinal error in bowing down to The Greatest Show on Earth, since every frame reads of arrogant, lazy filmmaking, to the extent where I don't see how anybody could ever believe that it attains the level of expectation and ambition that it purports to have.
Best Writing, Motion Picture Story
Best Costume Design, Colour
Best Film Editing