Sunday, March 22, 2015

On DVD: Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)

This next item is also reviewed at Saturday Morning Archives as part of a discussion on WSBK's Mystery Theatre series from the 80's.

Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) treats his ginormous family to a trip to the circus, but murder, intrigue, and, well, other interests await in "Charlie Chan at the Circus".

If they just let Lee (Keye Luke) apply some natural charm to a prospective girlfriend, instead of being heavy-handed in his attempts at courting, things might've been different.

Rating: A.


magicdog said...

Dad and I love Charlie Chan - although with all these sophisticated mysteries and procedurals on TV these days, it makes it harder to enjoy them. I think of how many ways modern forensics would solve everything in no time!

I also used to close my eyes whenever Keye Luke was speaking in hopes to hear his distinctive husky voice he used since the 60s for TV and animation. So such luck - it took him 20 years to develop it!

hobbyfan said...

I personally believe his characterization of Lee Chan could've been improved if the writers didn't insist on him being comedy relief a good chunk of the time.