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Charlie Chan circus detective Family murder mystery

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Seen on: 01/11/2019

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Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)

Directed by Harry Lachman

Mystery | Crime

Most recently watched by sleestakk


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.

Length 72 minutes


Warner Oland | Keye Luke | Francis Ford | J. Carrol Naish | John McGuire | Drue Leyton | George Brasno | Olive Brasno | Maxine Reiner | Shirley Deane | Paul Stanton | Boothe Howard | Wade Boteler | Shia Jung | Franklyn Farnum

Viewing Notes

Charlie Chan takes his family of 14 to the circus… most of the younger kids look the same age or close. Every time his family is brought up I wonder why it was necessary to write him with such a large family. He has adult sons and toddler aged children? Weird decision that feels more tacky orientalism than amusing.

Also did he ship his whole family to the mainland for this vacation? Clearly they are not in Hawaii.

“wise decision to accept applesauce with pinch of salt”


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