Cinema: The Great Train Wreck

The Great Tram Wreck

In a day of skintight budgets and rigid shooting schedules, Cecil B. DeMille is one of the few producers who can still pursue Hollywood's ancient slogan: "The more you spend, the more you make." For the climax of Samson and Delilah (TIME, Dec. 26, 1949), he smashed his enormous temple three times before he was satisfied that he had achieved just the right touch—and the box-office returns justified his little extravagance. For the big scene of The Greatest Show on Earth, now shooting, Producer DeMille's script ordered a train wreck...

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