This review is for "The Greatest Show on Earth" VOLUME 2 (1952) 200'/black & white/silent/subtitled reel distributed by Ken Films. Yes, the review is for part 2 of 2. I have both volumes in my collection, but I acquired the second part many, many months ago and am only now seeing it for the first time tonight. This particular reel was purchased brand new in its original shrink wrap. So it was run through a projector for the very first time on September 11, 2015. The original feature was in color and starred many well known personalities.
The reel begins with the breakdown of the circus at night. The circus train is then headed to its next destination. Two men are waiting alongside the tracks in a car to board the train and rob it. After the robbery, a second train is seen coming upon the stopped circus train at full speed unknowingly to its passengers. One of the two robbers has a change of heart and drives the vehicle onto the tracks directly at the oncoming train in an attempt to stop it. Tragically, the train collides with the car and tosses it up into the air before it crashes into the circus train sitting on the tracks. We see the accident in full view. Animals escape their cages and people are tossed about. Both trains are derailed and demolished, but in the end, the show goes on and we see the circus being set up once again. The subtitles were minimal, and despite not having seen the original feature, I had no difficulty understanding what was going on. This was a delightful little reel and a nice follow up to volume one, which I will review separately as time permits.