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  1. March 28, 2011 10:36 am

    I accidentally first wrote “based on the classic film Murder By Numbers” and while Sandy Bullock probably got a ripple of pleasure out that sentence, I meant Murder by Death (and fixed the entry).

  2. evmaroon permalink
    March 28, 2011 10:39 am

    I’m still laughing at this movie! One plus two plus two plus one, or one plus two plus one plus one…tremendous homage, Raymond!

  3. March 28, 2011 10:42 am

    I totally have to get up and dance every time the end credits come on. I can’t help it.

  4. Anie permalink
    March 28, 2011 10:49 am

    I love when Tim Curry gets bonked in the head while exclaiming that he’s not shouting – that scene always reminds me that when someone says I’m shouting, I probably am…

  5. March 28, 2011 10:49 am

    I want to buy the board game that’s based on the movie. I love those cards!

  6. March 28, 2011 10:58 am

    “This is WARRRRR, Peacock!” I say this a lot for absolutely no reason. I also love everything about Christopher Lloyd’s performance as Professor Plum. He was brilliantly cast.

    Wadsworth: Professor Plum, you were once a professor of psychiatry specializing in helping paranoid and homicidal lunatics suffering from delusions of grandeur.

    Professor Plum: Yes, but now I work for the United Nations.

    Wadsworth: So your work has not changed.

  7. March 28, 2011 11:04 am

    Christopher Lloyd! I really could have written a dissertation, not just a blog post, but I was trying not to go too long.

    Mr. Green: I’m a plant.
    Col. Mustard: I thought men like you were usually called a fruit?

    This one can easily be misinterpreted in mixed company, but I say this line in regards to myself all the time.

  8. March 28, 2011 11:05 am

    Fun fact: Lee Ving, aka Mr. Boddy owned the sleazy club Zanzibar in Flashdance!!!

  9. evmaroon permalink
    March 28, 2011 11:10 am

    @Anie: Yes! I’m not shouting!
    Also, can I give a tip of the hat to the hilarious music that played when the gang ran from one room to another? Loved it.

  10. March 28, 2011 11:20 am

    I know, because I was there!

  11. March 28, 2011 11:34 am

    I only recently discovered the IMDB “goofs” page for this film, which definitely added to my enjoyment in re-screening it. Of course with a film this goofy it’s hard to know which goofs were truly unintentional, but that’s all part of the fun!

  12. evmaroon permalink
    March 28, 2011 11:46 am

    I am determined to enjoy myself.

  13. March 28, 2011 12:02 pm

    All this nostalgia is making me want to watch again!

  14. March 28, 2011 12:06 pm

    @Redlami: [from the IMDB goof page] None of this would have been possible considering the fire burning in the fireplace would have sufficiently illuminated the entire room.

    omg, how did I never notice the biggest one of them all??!? I’ve noticed objects appearing and re-appearing, because I tend to catch continuity things like that, but damn, that one made me crack up laughing at having never thought of it while watching.

  15. IrishUp permalink
    March 28, 2011 12:08 pm

    I just realized Eileen Brennan was in “Private Benjamin”. *le chagrin*
    This is next up in Netflix, oh yeah!

  16. evmaroon permalink
    March 28, 2011 12:20 pm

    @IrishUp: Hahaha! I think I watched most of Clue expecting to see her all blue-faced. *snerk*

  17. Lani permalink
    March 28, 2011 12:27 pm

    As soon as I saw the title for this entry I thought “FLAMES…FLAMES ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE!” and started giggling before I even got there in the text. Awesome write up, and a fantastic film!

  18. March 28, 2011 12:44 pm

    I am determined to enjoy myself.

    Oh my, this soup’s delicious.

  19. March 28, 2011 12:48 pm

    I was hoping this post would go something like this:

    “Why We Love…..CLUE!

    Because it’s the best movie ever.”

    Seriously, great write-up! It makes me sad to know that it took me until I was 23 to find someone other than my mother who loved this movie, but that person is one of my best friends, and we have exposed countless people to this movie over the years, so that kinda makes up for it.

    Favorite Lines:

    Mr. Green: Ok, Chief, take ‘em away. I’m gonna go home and sleep with my wife. (Probably shouldn’t crack me up, but it does)

    Colonel Mustard: Hm, I prefer Kipling, myself. “The female of the species is more deadly than the male.” You like Kipling, Miss Scarlet? *offers Miss Scarlet a food tray*
    Miss Scarlet: Sure, I’ll eat anything.

    Wadsworth: I buttle.

  20. March 28, 2011 12:50 pm

    I love how Mr. Green says, “Now I’m going home to sleep with my WIFE.” It’s just a funny goofy line. Mostly because its punctuated by “Shake Rattle and Roll”.

  21. March 28, 2011 2:54 pm

    Great post! Yes, let’s please pretend the remake isn’t happening.

    Clue was one of my first favorite movies as a kid. I remember the last movie ending blowing my mind with its zaniness and creativity. Its so funny how the singing telegram moment sticks with everyone who watches it. It’s the second thing I think of after the “flames on the side of my face” quote (which IMDB says Kahn improvised).

    Clue’s the kind of movie you have warm, nostalgic memories of, and then when you watch it again, still holds up and then some.

  22. March 28, 2011 4:10 pm

    It’s true, I feel like every time I watched it, I got a joke I’d missed before! Some because I was laughing and didn’t hear them, some because I was pretty young when it came out, so I had to grow into them.

  23. March 28, 2011 4:41 pm

    There was a point in Summer 2007 where Clue was the only thing I’d watch ON REPEAT for nearly a week. it never stopped being funny, entertaining and engaging. Maddie Kahn (RIP) FTW!

  24. March 28, 2011 4:44 pm

  25. melanie permalink
    March 28, 2011 5:37 pm

    This post, like the movie, makes me so happy. You nailed so many of my favorite lines, but there is also:

    Wadsworth: Your first husband also disappeared.
    Mrs. White: But that was his job. He was an illusionist.
    Wadsworth: But he never reappeared!
    Mrs. White: He wasn’t a very good illusionist.

    I also count “one plus two plus two plus one…”

  26. Ash permalink
    March 28, 2011 5:40 pm

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always preferred the jokes in ‘Murder By Death’, that and the zany send-up of all the famous sleuths.

  27. March 28, 2011 5:48 pm

    Maybe it depends on which movie you watched first as to which one you prefer?

    If folks want to compare for themselves, I noticed today that Murder By Death is available on netflix-instant.

  28. March 28, 2011 5:52 pm

    I find the jokes in MbD not as funny as Clue, but I like it a lot.

  29. March 28, 2011 8:41 pm

    Communism is just a red herring.

  30. evmaroon permalink
    March 29, 2011 2:38 pm

    And monkey’s brains, though popular in Cantonese cuisine, are not often to be found in WASHINGTON, DC!

  31. March 29, 2011 3:13 pm

    Also, this movie gets much love from me for Johnny Fever‘s appearance in the final reel.

  32. March 29, 2011 10:05 pm

    Ohhhh, Mrs. Peacock…

  33. March 30, 2011 12:07 pm

    I love Clue because that singing telegram girl is Jane from the GoGos! She got the beat! (oh, and for all the other reasons y’all wrote)

  34. March 30, 2011 12:46 pm

    Delurking to say that the cards are from the VCR Clue game (of which there were at least 2). Sadly the games were not as classic as the movie, but I watched them over and over as a kid.
    /delurk

  35. April 4, 2011 8:53 pm

    A small theater company in San Francisco recently turned Clue into a play, with the stage being a giant game board. They remained very faithful to the script. It was great, not as a good as the movie, but damn close. Hell, they even performed all three endings.

  36. April 5, 2011 8:22 am

    @mamacarrie: thank you for solving that mystery! I will keep an eye out for that video version now in second-hand stores….

    @C, that sounds like a lot of fun, I kinda wish i’d thought of it. Perhaps someday I will open my own community center, just so I can be in it.

    Also, thanks for all your comments lately; welcome to the fun, it’s great to have you here!

  37. Jade permalink
    March 16, 2013 12:20 pm

    I love this movie! I think it was very entertaining and t cast was excellent. One of my favorite scenes is when everyone is searching the house and professor plum and mrs. Peacock were going to look in the basement.
    Plum: “ladies first…”
    peacock: “no go right ahead”
    plum: “i insist”
    peacock: “no I insist”
    plum: “what, do you fear a fate wors than death?”
    peacock: “no just death, isn’t that enough?”

  38. July 29, 2013 8:30 am

    I grew up watching this movie with my 6 siblings. We must have watched it over 1,000 times. It was awesome to then introduce it to my daughters. Hearing my 6 and 5 year-old say lines from the movie made it even more awesome. Didn’t think that was possible. (Am I a terrible mother?)

  39. TendaShy permalink
    April 13, 2014 11:32 pm

    It’s just a great, funny movie that hardly anyone seemed to talk about or recommend to me, and yet after finding it on my own by chance, I honestly can’t get enough. I’ve watched it many times as well and it never seems to get boring for me, the jokes perhaps even funnier than the last time. Everyone does a great job, and it’s just so much more than you would expect from a movie based on a simple board game. I didn’t know that the endings were a surprise as you describe to the audiences in the theater; that’s actually a great gimmick to pull given the nature of how the game worked.

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