Best Picture Nominees: 1952

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The Greatest Show on Earth (Cecil B. DeMille)
Won Best Picture
To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Marc Braden (Charlton Heston) engages The Great Sebastian (Cornel Wilde), though this moves his girlfriend Holly (Betty Hutton) from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on the ground. Subplots involve the secret past of Buttons the Clown (James Stewart) and the efforts of racketeers to move in on the game concessions.

High Noon (Fred Zinnemann)
Nominated Best Picture
Solonor's Pick
A retiring lawman (Gary Cooper) about to leave town with his new bride (Grace Kelly) seeks allies among the fearful townspeople when an outlaw he put in prison returns with his gang to take revenge in this classic western.

The Quiet Man (John Ford)
Nominated Best Picture
Sean Thornton (John Wayne) has returned to Ireland from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past. Sean's eye is caught by Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O'Hara), a beautiful but poor maiden, and younger sister of ill-tempered "Red" Will Danaher (Victor McLaglen). The riotous relationship that forms between Sean and Mary Kate, punctuated by Will's pugnacious attempts to keep them apart, form the main plot, with Sean's past as the dark undercurrent.


Moulin Rouge (John Huston)
Nominated Best Picture
This fictionalized biography of dwarfish French artist Toulouse-Lautrec (Jose Ferrer) is based on the novel by Pierre La Mure and co-stars Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Ivanhoe (Richard Thorpe)
Nominated Best Picture
Adaptation of the novel by Sir Walter Scott. Ivanhoe (Robert Taylor), the disowned knight, joins to the bravehearted and high-minded Robin Hood (Harold Warrender), the valiant, of Forest Sherwood. They want King Richard (Norman Wooland) to rule the kingdom instead of evil Prince John (Guy Rolfe). Co-stars Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Fontaine.


Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa)
Kanji Watanabe (Takashi Shimura) is a longtime bureaucrat in a city office who, along with the rest of the office, spends his entire working life doing nothing. He learns he is dying of cancer and wants to find some meaning in his life. He finds himself unable to talk with his family and spends a night on the town with a novelist, but that leaves him unfulfilled. He next spends time with a young woman from his office, but finally decides he can make a difference through his job... After Watanabe's death, co-workers at his funeral discuss his behavior over the last several months and debate why he suddenly became assertive in his job to promote a city park and resolve to be more like Watanabe.

Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly)
IMDb Highest Rated
Glorious classic film musical. 1927: Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) are the darlings of the silent silver screen. Offscreen, Don, aided by his happy-go-lucky friend and piano accompanist, Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Connor), has to dodge Lina's romantic overtures, especially when he falls for chorus girl Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds). With the advent of sound in motion pictures, it is decided to turn Don and Lina's new film into a "talkie" and a musical at that. The only problem is Lina's voice, which mere words cannot describe. Thus, Kathy is brought on to dub her speaking and singing voice in secret, and Don's on top of the world. But then Lina finds out...

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