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Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  27 March 1936 (USA)
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While visiting the circus with his family, Charlie is recruited by the big top's co-owner to investigate threatening letters that he's received.

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George Brasno ...
Tim (as George)
Olive Brasno ...
Tiny
Francis Ford ...
John Gaines
Maxine Reiner ...
Marie Norman
John McGuire ...
Hal Blake
Shirley Deane ...
Louise Norman
Paul Stanton ...
Joe Kinney
J. Carrol Naish ...
Tom Holt
Boothe Howard ...
Dan Farrell
Drue Leyton ...
Nellie Farrell
Wade Boteler ...
Lieutenant Macy
Shia Jung ...
Su Toy
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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 Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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27 March 1936 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan no Circo  »

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Trivia

The action occurs entirely at the Kinney & Gaines Combined Circus. See more »

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The ape is shown peeling the banana from the top. Primates, except for humans, peel them from the bottom, thus doing away with those pesky stringy bits. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Free ticket to circus like gold ring on merry-go-round - make enjoyment double.
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Followed by Dangerous Money (1946) See more »

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"Man who seek trouble never find it far off."
27 February 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Rousing entry in the Charlie Chan series is one of the best. Charlie (Warner Oland) takes his sizable family to the circus at the invitation of one of the circus owners, who has been receiving threatening letters and wants Charlie to investigate. When the owner is murdered, all clues point to an escaped gorilla the man was abusive to. But Charlie's not so sure and gets to work investigating the murder, with help from "Number One Son" Lee (Keye Luke).

It's great to see Charlie's wife and all of the Chan kids. They're so adorable. Keye Luke is charming as ever, especially when he flirts with a contortionist. The circus performers are fun to watch. The two midgets, George and Olive Brasno, receive prominent billing right after Keye Luke. I assume they were well-known at the time. They're both good actors and I liked their dance number. J. Carrol Naish also appears and is enjoyable to watch, as always.

This is a very entertaining movie. Fast pace, interesting setting, and nice doses of humor make it a real treat. Probably my second favorite in the whole series. Oh, and pay attention to the scene where the characters Blake and Kinney fight. Blake punches like a girl! It's hilarious! This one's also got a guy in a gorilla suit, which is always a win.


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