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THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952)

Posted in Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2013 by cdascher

ImageThe Greatest Show On Earth? That’s a pretty bold move, giving your movie a name like that. Can it deliver? I know everyone has been waiting expectantly. Thanks for hanging in there. We started the movie, but had to take an intermission that lasted a month while both Katy and I moved to a new house.

The titular show is the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the story’s setting. Brad Braden is the business-minded circus manager who brings hires trapeze artist The Great Sebastian as the star performer. This doesn’t sit well with his girlfriend Holly, also a trapeze artist. Sebastian is a good natured narcissist and womanizer and a love triangle develops between the three. Although Holly and Sebastian are developing feelings for each other, the clash of their egos generates an intense rivalry in the circus rings. Meanwhile, Jimmy Stewart is hanging around as Buttons, a clown who never takes off his makeup and darts his eyes around when asked about his past. And there are some hoods running crooked games on the midway and they try to destroy the circus. And someone falls off their trapeze. And other disasters happen. And the lions get out of their cage. A lot of things happen, the movie was two and a half hours long.

First off, I have to acknowledge that we’ve had our own plot giveaway here – it is true that Mouse and I have entered into cohabitation. Perhaps you have not known until now that your bloggers were romantically entangled – but the story arc is now in Red Carpet Roulette for all Continue reading