Charlie Chan at the Circus Reviews
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.