The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Cecil B. DeMille's three-ring schmaltzfest stars Charlton Heston as a granite-jawed circus manager lording over a menagerie of trapeze artists, lion tamers, and one sad-eyed clown named Buttons (Jimmy Stewart). DeMille had a rep as Tinseltown's king of pomp and excess, and here he does that rep proud. Show is big and bright and busy, and there isn't an honest moment in it. It's dated, hokey nonsense. Yet it somehow managed to beat High Noon.