Charlie receives fourteen free passes to the circus for him and his entire family but soon realizes that there are strings attached as the big top's co-owner asks his guest to investigate threatening letters that he's received. Before the famous detective can, the man is murdered. Charlie soon finds out that the co-owner was not a particularly pleasant or well-liked individual, and among the many suspects are his partner, a snake charmer and the menagerie's gorilla. Son Lee, usually an enthusiastic assistant for his father, is distracted by the show's beautiful contortionist. Written by
The action occurs mostly at the Kinney & Gaines Combined Circus. See more »
Charlie turns on a gramophone to play some eastern music in order to 'charm' a snake on his bed, but snakes follow the movements of the snake-charmer rather than the rhythm of the music, and Charlie Chan remains still. See more »
While the mystery is entertaining enough, there is a lot of wasted time in this one. About a fourth of it is involved in watching circus acts, looking at animals, and things that really don't progress the plot. There are also a lot of scenes with the little people who are used as comic relief. The young man has a penchant for cigars and those cigars are used in contrast to our view of these people as child like. Still, we have a good mystery where a man has been killed inside a locked wagon. There is also intrigue involving the financial success of the circus. Number one son does a decent job, but is still a bit of a buffoon as he spends most of the show pursuing a contortionist who shows absolutely no interest in him. Charlie really fires the aphorisms in this one, almost to a fault. A good but not great episode.
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