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The Biggest Show on Earth

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The Biggest Show on Earth
Directed byJerome Storm
Screenplay byJulien Josephson
Florence Vincent
Produced byThomas H. Ince
StarringEnid Bennett
Bliss Chevalier
Ethel Lynne
Melbourne MacDowell
Jack Nelson
Earle Rodney
CinematographyCharles J. Stumar
Thomas H. Ince Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 28, 1918 (1918-04-28)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Biggest Show on Earth is a surviving 1918 American silent drama film directed by Jerome Storm and written by Julien Josephson and Florence Vincent. The film stars Enid Bennett, Bliss Chevalier, Ethel Lynne, Melbourne MacDowell, Jack Nelson, and Earle Rodney. The film was released on April 28, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2][3]


As described in a film magazine,[4] Roxie Kemp (Bennett), a lion tamer in her father's circus, is sent to boarding school. The girls there have nothing to do with Roxie until she rescues them from a mad dog. Marjorie Trent (Lynne), with a long line of ancestors, invites her to her home for the holiday season. As soon as Owen Trent (Rodney) sees Roxie, he thinks she is the only girl for him. His dream is shattered after Mrs. Trent (Chevalier) learns Roxie is the daughter of a circus owner. However, Col. Jeffrey Trent (Stockdale) tells her that their income comes from the circus, so the young couple are allowed to continue their courtship.



Previously lost, a print was found in the Gosfilmofond Archive, Moscow.[5]


  1. ^ "The Biggest Show on Earth (1918) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  2. ^ "The Biggest Show on Earth". AFI. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Biggest Show on Earth at
  4. ^ "Reviews: The Biggest Show on Earth". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (23): 28. June 1, 1918.
  5. ^ The Library of Congress / FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Biggest Show on Earth
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