Reel/Real Impact: Greatest Show on Earth–1952 Oscar Winner

A TV series of the same title, inspired by the film, ran for 30 episodes on ABC during the 1963-1964 season, starring Jack Palance in the Charlton Heston role.

Steven Spielberg credits this film, one of the first he ever saw, as a major influence on his career. The train crash scene was later reflected in sci-fi Super 8 that he produced, in 2011.

In Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, the children of Tom Cruise’s character are channel-surfing on their TV, coming across the train-wreck scene.