Cinema: The New Pictures, Jan. 14, 1952

The Greatest Show on Earth (Paramount) is a mammoth merger of two masters of malarkey for the masses: P. T. Barnum and Cecil B. de Mille. It is not just a movie about the circus; it is a fat Technicolored reproduction of the 1951 Ringling Bros.-Barnum & Bailey Circus itself, fondly filmed from all angles by Producer-Director de Mille, and generously overlaid with a three-ringed melodrama enacted by movie stars in the roles of sawdust demigods.

Showman de Mille, serving as his own narrator-pitchman, fills the screen with pageants and parades, finds a spot...

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