Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)

Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)





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Enjoying a break from crime-solving, oriental sleuth Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) takes his 12 children to the circus. It isn't long, however, before he's sucked into yet another murder case, with a more colorful array of suspects than usual. Meanwhile, Number One Son Lee Chan (Keye Luke) tries to make time with pretty Chinese lass Su Toy (Shia Jung), a task made difficult by his morbid fear of the circus animals. One of the secondary villains, sinister lion tamer Tom Holt, is played by J. Carroll Naish, who later portrayed Charlie Chan on a late-1950s TV series. Some of the best moments in Charlie Chan at the Circus are contributed by brother-and-sister midget performers George and Olive Brasno.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Oland
as Charlie Chan
Keye Luke
as Lee Chan
Olive Brasno
as Lady Tiny
George Brasno
as Colonel Tim
Francis Ford
as John Gaines
Shirley Deane
as Louise Norman
John McGuire
as Hal Blake
Maxine Reiner
as Marie Norman
J. Carroll Naish
as Tom Holt
Paul Stanton
as Joe Kinney
Boothe Howard
as Dan Farrell
Drue Leyton
as Nellie Farrell
Wade Boteler
as Lt. Macy
Shia Jung
as Su Toy
Franklyn Farnum
as Mike the Ticket Taker
John Dilson
as Doctor
Franklin Farnum
as Mike, the Ticket Taker
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A very entertaining Charlie Chan episode...

Full Review… | May 5, 2003
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Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936) The movie starts out with Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) and the whole famn damily (13 kids and the wife) in toe visiting the circus. Inspector Chan had been given free tickets by Joe Kinney (Paul Stanton), one of the two owners of the circus, who wants to talk with Charlie about some threats on his life. Naturally he's killed off before being able to tell him about it in detail, leaving Charlie and number 1 son, Lee Chan (Keye Luke) to figure it out using their usual powers of deduction. Joe wasn't a very well liked boss and there's no shortage of suspects, including a very angry ape who could have killed him. The circus is in real financial trouble if they can't keep moving and putting on shows. A little couple Tiny (Olive Brasno) and Tim (George Brasno) have talked Charlie into investigating this with the help of the local police Lieutenant Macy (Wade Boteler) and Lee, who is infatuated with the beautiful Chinese-American contortionist, Su Toy (Shia Jung). Maybe an interesting factoid; the actor who played one of the suspects, the snake charmer, Tom Holt (J. Caroll Naish) would later play Charlie in the New Adventures of Charlie Chan, the short-lived TV series in 1958.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

One of the better Charlie Chan mystery series, thanks in large part to the great comic support of Keye Luke and of course Warner Oland as Chan. Entertaining story, short and well paced. A wonderful film.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Whenever I read a plot synopsis that says "with a rampaging gorilla on the loose" I get a little too excited.


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