Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936) - Rotten Tomatoes

Charlie Chan at the Circus1936

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.


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
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
Franklin Farnum
as Mike, the Ticket Taker
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Charley Chan he needs no recommendation. The films in which he appears are all genuine detective films as distinct from thrillers, they are always well-made and well-acted. The new picture is particularly agreeable

June 2, 2018 | Full Review…

A very entertaining Charlie Chan episode...

May 5, 2003 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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