For a Best Picture winner, this surely won on the sheer bravado of Cecil B. DeMille. The legendary director provided the real Ringling Bros.-Barnum & Bailey circus and a bounty of stars in colorful roles for this tale of circus life and how "the show must go on" despite trauma and tragedy. Charlton Heston stars as Brad, the control-focused circus manager with an over-bubbly Betty Hutton as a trapeze star, Cornel Wilde (with a French accent) as "the Great Sebastian"-a rival trapeze star, Jimmy Stewart as "Buttons-a clown" who stays in makeup to hide from the police due to a scandal and tragedy of his own, and a gorgeous Gloria Grahame (who was hired when Lucille Ball couldn't do it) as the Elephant Girl---who will be in great danger from her sadistic partner. The Technicolor is awesome as are the gaudy costumes but it's the dialogue that's really colorful---I guess "purple prose" might describe it but even that phrase pales in comparison to what comes out of the actor's mouths. This is VERY ripe melodrama set against a wonderful (and real) circus background and you are treated to some admittedly great sights---particularly an incredible trainwreck. The actor's do their best and there are some wonderful guest stars and cameos like Dorothy Lamour as a circus entertainer, and some real surprises I can't reveal. So for pure Hollywood spectacle and some of the corniest dialogue and situations ever created see "The Greatest Show on Earth" and thank Hollywood for treats like this. And by the way, Gloria Grahame did NOT win Best Supporting Actress for this, she won the same year for "The Bad and the Beautiful".