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The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

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152 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle.
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Writers
Fredric M. Frank (screenplay) (story) | Barré Lyndon (screenplay) | Theodore St. John (screenplay) (as Theodore St.John) (story) (as Theodore St.John) | Frank Cavett (story)
Composer
Victor Young (music score by)
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Budget
$4,000,000
Gross (US & Canada)
$36,000,000
Gross (World)
$36,000,000
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Release date
May 1952 (United States)

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