Charlie Chan at the Circus is our next Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], we start our tapes/DVD'S at 8:30)
They were allowed to shoot at the Al G. Barnes Circus' winter quarters.
According to http://www.ncweb.com/~sapirar/al_g_barnes.html:
The Al G. Barnes Circus Train was one of the largest independent shows. Having only 17 cars in 1911, combined with Sells-Floto Circus in 1935, becoming one of the premier trains in the west. Winter quartered in California, it exhibited along the west coast, and through the mountain states and the Great Plains. As with many circuses during the Great Depression, Al. G. Barnes folded in 1938.
(I've heard of putting your money where
your mouth is but this is ridiculous!!)
It is noted for being one of the few circuses having hippos on display.
. . . [T]he 1937 Al G. Barnes show consist[ed] of 8 coaches, r stock cars, 4 elephants, 1 advertising car, 18 flat cars loaded with 67 wagons and 3 Mack Trucks.
Note the raised roof on the elephant car. The roof had to be modified to accommodate the rather large elephants carried on this show.