The great Warner Oland stars in his 11th Charlie Chan flick. This time out he goes to the circus and watches some midget dancing (“Size of package does not indicate quality within!”) and trapeze acts before finding the big top owner dead. Chan has all of his twelve children with him, so he is reluctant to take the case, but eventually says OK and brings the murderer to justice.
As the title implies, Charlie Chan at the Circus features lots of circus footage. Now I usually hate the ever-loving shit out of circuses, but since Chan was on the case, it was alright with me. While the flick is slick looking, it stalls a bit around the ¾ mark and the solution to the crime is needlessly protracted. It still has enough fun stuff to make it worth a look though. There’s a rampaging man in a monkey suit, dancing midgets, and Chan spouting a lot of hilarious wisdom like, “Curiosity is responsible for cat having nine lives!”