The premise of the CMBA’s Guilty Pleasure Movie Blogathon makes me feel guilty about my participation in said blogathon because I don’t think The Greatest Show on Earth is a bad movie. I don’t! Plus, I don’t feel guilty about watching and loving it. I don’t! Well, I used to…well, not always…not every time...
Unidentified player at left, Cornel Wilde, James Stewart
Betty Hutton, Charlton Heston, John Ridgely, Gloria Grahame
The real audiences caught coming and going are moments in time that are a joy to share. Those Hollywood folk who didn’t get to be clowns or barkers like Edmund O’Brien got to be spectators. It is especially fun to see Bing Crosby and Bob Hope as their Road picture comrade Dorothy Lamour does her stuff. William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy leads a parade. He first worked for DeMille in 1927's King of Kings. Among the spectators it is fun to spot or try to spot many favourite character actors including Kathleen Freeman, Mary Field, Dorothy Adams, Clarence “Ducky” Nash, Arthur Q. “Elmer Fudd” Bryan, Stanley Andrews and Peter Hansen. Pretty future leading lady (Comanche Station) Nancy Gates makes an impression. Yes, that is her. You’ve been right all these years.
This poster simply screams "melodrama". I love it!