History Film / Clue

6th Aug '17 11:24:59 AM tropeminer
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The six guests travel to the remote mansion after receiving an invitation from Wadsworth (Creator/TimCurry) to expose his employer, Mr. Boddy, as a blackmailer. Mr. Boddy turns the tables on the plan: he gives everyone a weapon and asks them to kill Wadsworth so no one will have their secrets exposed. When the lights go out, someone kills Mr. Boddy; since everyone has both the means and a motive to [[JustForPun turn Boddy into a body]], everyone becomes a suspect in his murder. The group opts to solve the case themselves rather than call the police, and HilarityEnsues--and in a good way. While made in TheEighties, the film sets its story in TheFifties (and in New England) to justify both the large mansion and the politically-charged secrets of its main cast.

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The six guests travel to the remote mansion after receiving an invitation from Wadsworth (Creator/TimCurry) to expose his employer, Mr. Boddy, as a blackmailer. Mr. Boddy turns the tables on the plan: he gives everyone a weapon and asks them to kill Wadsworth so no one will have their secrets exposed. When the lights go out, someone kills Mr. Boddy; since everyone has both the means and a motive to [[JustForPun turn Boddy into a body]], everyone becomes a suspect in his murder. The group opts to solve the case themselves rather than call the police, and HilarityEnsues--and in a good way. While made in TheEighties, the film sets its story in TheFifties [[TheFifties 1954]] (and in New England) to justify both the large mansion and the politically-charged secrets of its main cast.


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* MsFanservice: Yvette, the FrenchMaid (Colleen Camp) and also Ms. Scarlett.
22nd Jul '17 11:55:40 AM DarkMask
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* DoubleTake: Mrs. Peacock has a pretty hilarious one when she meets Yvette for the first time and notices her AbsoluteCleavage, and is left stunned and speechless.
22nd Jul '17 9:33:08 AM DarkMask
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* AssholeVictim:
** [[spoiler:Mr. Boddy is a sleazy blackmailer who decided to ruins the lives of six people who he considered thoroughly un-American himself as opposed to doing something an actual patriot would do, like turn them into the proper authorities. Most of the other murder victims count as well, as they willingly turned on the party members to give information to Mr. Boddy to blackmail them, even though most of them were just as guilty (such as the dirty cop taking bribes, or the war buddy who helped with profiteering).]]
** [[spoiler: Granted not all of the informants are assholes, such as the singing telegram girl who was one of Prof. Plum's patients who he sexually abused under his care. In fact, with the exception of Mr. Green, none of the blackmailing victims were portrayed that they didn't deserve to be punished for what they did, just that said punishment shouldn't have been being blackmailed into poverty by a self-righteous hypocrite.]]
** Mrs. White's husband (well, the one we know the most about) was a verbally (and possibly physically) abusive asshole who threatened to kill his wife in public (that is he threatened, in public, to kill her). The fact he was murdered by being castrated and then beheaded is treated more as a GroinAttack joke than to garner any actual sympathy from the audience.
25th Jun '17 7:00:08 AM eroock
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* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Miss Scarlet in the first ending, Mrs. Peacock in the second ending, Wadsworth/Mr. Boddy in the third ending.]]


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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass[=/=]ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Mrs. Peacock in the second ending and Mr. Green in the third ending.]]


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* DeadpanSnarker: Wadsworth.
-->'''Colonel Mustard:''' Are you trying to make me look stupid in front of the other guests?\\
'''Wadsworth:''' You don't need any help from me, sir.\\
'''Colonel Mustard:''' That's ''right''. ''*Beat, starts frowning.*''
** Ms. Scarlet, to Colonel Mustard's disgust:
-->'''Mr. Green:''' Why would someone kill the cook?\\
'''Ms. Scarlet:''' I know, dinner wasn't that bad.\\
'''Colonel Mustard:''' [[DudeNotFunny How can you joke at a time like this?!]]\\
'''Ms. Scarlet:''' It's my defense mechanism!\\
'''Colonel Mutard:''' Some defense mechanism! If I was the killer, I would kill ''you'' next! \\
''[[EvenEvilHasStandards The others gasp in shock.]]''\\
'''Colonel Mustard:''' If! [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I said if!]]''
25th Jun '17 6:36:05 AM eroock
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-->-- '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKOmGhBOJZI This scene.]]'''

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-->-- '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKOmGhBOJZI '''[[https://youtu.be/aKOmGhBOJZI?t=96 This scene.]]'''
25th Jun '17 6:32:41 AM eroock
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* AgentPeacock: "Mr. Green", [[MultipleEndings depending on the version of the film]] you got, he's actually [[spoiler:an FBI agent who spent the whole movie (plus whatever setup time the sting required) ''[[FauxYay pretending]]'' to be gay to get into Mr. Boddy's blackmail ring. He is the one who finally killed Mr. Boddy. In the hallway. With the revolver.]]
* TheAlcoholic: Strongly implied by Mrs. Peacock, who has an unsteady walk and slightly slurs her words. [[spoiler:Tellingly, she "sobers up" in the second ending, wherein she committed all the murders - implying that she was ObfuscatingStupidity - but remains relatively addle-brained in the third, wherein she (and all the others) only killed one person.]]



* AssholeVictim: Mr. Boddy is blackmailing everybody, and all the people who die are his informants. PlayedForDrama in the second ending, where Wadsworth points out to the murderer that, since they did the world a great service by getting rid of those people, he's willing to keep quiet about the murders. The other guests agree and even serenade the murderer with a version of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" as they leave the mansion.



* BadLiar: Mrs. Peacock. [[spoiler:Except in the second ending.]]



* BlackWidow: Mrs. White. "Husbands should be like kleenex. Soft, strong, and disposable."
-->'''Mrs. White:''' His head had been cut off. And so had his... ''[[GroinAttack you]]'' [[GroinAttack know...]]
-->''Colonel Mustard, Mr. Green and Professor Plum simultaneously [[ShareTheMalePain cross their legs]]''



* ButtMonkey: Mr. Green. Colonel Mustard too, at times.



* CasanovaWannabe: Professor Plum



* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Miss Scarlet in the first ending, Mrs. Peacock in the second ending, Wadsworth/Mr. Boddy in the third ending.]]



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: [[{{Cloudcuckooland}} Everyone has their moments]], but possibly the biggest offender is Mrs. Peacock, who spends a lot of time babbling about irrelevant things, especially when things get a bit too quiet for her tastes. Mr. Green is also a notable Cuckoolander, especially in the second ending.
-->'''Mr. Green''': Mrs. Peacock was a ''MAN''?!
** Mrs. White has some moments, like her rambling of how much she hated Yvette for sleeping with her husband:
-->" I hated her so...much..i-it, the, it...flames, flames...on the sides of my face...breathing, breaths...heaving breaths...heaving--"



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass[=/=]ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Mrs. Peacock in the second ending and Mr. Green in the third ending.]]



* DeadpanSnarker: Wadsworth.
-->'''Colonel Mustard:''' Are you trying to make me look stupid in front of the other guests?\\
'''Wadsworth:''' You don't need any help from me, sir.\\
'''Colonel Mustard:''' That's ''right''. ''*Beat, starts frowning.*''
** Ms. Scarlet, to Colonel Mustard's disgust:
-->'''Mr. Green:''' Why would someone kill the cook?\\
'''Ms. Scarlet:''' I know, dinner wasn't that bad.\\
'''Colonel Mustard:''' [[DudeNotFunny How can you joke at a time like this?!]]\\
'''Ms. Scarlet:''' It's my defense mechanism!\\
'''Colonel Mutard:''' Some defense mechanism! If I was the killer, I would kill ''you'' next! \\
''[[EvenEvilHasStandards The others gasp in shock.]]''\\
'''Colonel Mustard:''' If! [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I said if!]]''



* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Professor Plum.
* TheDitz: Colonel Mustard.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Mrs. White has some male issues. She has two husbands who died under mysterious circumstances.
-->'''Mrs White:''' Husbands should be like Kleenex. Soft, strong, and disposable.
-->'''Miss Scarlet:''' I think most men could use a little practice.



* FrenchMaid: Yvette [[spoiler:who isn't really French or a maid (although she says "it's you!" with her French accent, so it may be that the American accent was fake). But [[{{Fanservice}} that's okay]]]]. This is currently the image for the trope.



* GagBoobs: Yvette.



* LovableSexManiac: Professor Plum tries to put the moves on every woman in the film ''including'' Mrs. Peacock ("It's just you and me now, honeybunch!") and the singing telegram girl [[spoiler:who, it turns out, he had an affair with.]] Even his hand somehow ends up on the dead cook's ass.



* MsFanservice: Colleen Camp as Yvette. [[spoiler:This is even justified, as she's actually one of Miss Scarlet's prostitutes.]]
** For that matter, Miss Scarlet.
* MotorMouth: Wadsworth, summarizing the evening's events at the end of the film.
** Mrs Peacock, when she tries to break the ice at the dinner. The rest of the group just stare as she goes on and on.



* NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler:Mrs. Peacock in the second ending.]]



* OfCorsetsSexy: Yvette and Ms. Scarlet again.



* PantyShot: Yvette has a few.



* PluckyComicRelief: The cowardly Mr. Green, [[spoiler:except in the third ending]].
-->"Sorry, I'm a bit accident-prone."
* PrettyInMink: Mrs. Peacock shows up wearing a fur wrap. She only wears it for a few minutes in the film, but far more often in promotional shots.



* ReallyGetsAround: Miss Scarlet is implied to be this. Her being a brothel madam compounds the issue, as someone in that line of work probably needs to maintain some degree of division between their personal and professional lives. This is used to justify her making out with Professor Plum when trying to hide the bodies of the murdered informants from The Cop (see OfCorpseHesAlive).
** This leads to a gem of a line in the {{Novelization}}: in the scene where Mrs. White reveals her BlackWidow nature, her recitation of how men are like Kleenex is corrected by Miss Scarlet thusly: "Their slogan is Soft, Strong, and [[RagingStiffie Pops Up]], Too."



* StraightGay: Mr. Green is this. [[spoiler:Except in the third ending, where he was [[TheMole a plant]] ("A plant? I thought men like you were usually called a fruit.") from the FBI [[FauxYay pretending to be gay]] so he would be blackmailed, and is in fact [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday "going home to sleep with [his] wife"]]. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation So he says.]] He couldn't very well have told his boss something else, could he? All the evidence that he was gay burned up earlier in the movie, though given Wadsworth's surprise when going through the evidence, it's probable that Green actually is straight--or, at the least, being gay would not appear to be what he was being blackmailed for]].



* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenialSuspiciouslySpecificDenial:



* SuspiciousSpending: Colonel Mustard drives a very expensive car for someone who lives on a colonel's paycheck. His explanation is that he inherited the money during the war. [[spoiler:He actually stole and sold airplane parts on the black market during the war.]]



* WorldOfHam

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* WouldHitAGirl: Mr. Green slapping Mrs. Peacock early on (see GetAholdOfYourselfMan above). During TheSummation, Wadsworth does the same thing.
21st Jun '17 6:54:42 PM OptimumTaurus
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-->'''Miss Scarlet''': Sounds like hard work to me.

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-->'''Miss Scarlet''': Sounds like hard work to me. [[note]] Miss Scarlet is a madam, her employees, prostitutes, lie on their backs all day.[[/note]]
11th Jun '17 6:20:04 PM mkmckoy
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* DeathAsComedy: The whole movie, especially as the murders pile up. This is particularly true of the Singing Telegram Girl, whose death and body disposal—dropped unceremoniously in the study—are played for laughs.

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* DeathAsComedy: The whole movie, especially as the murders pile up. This is particularly true of the Singing Telegram Girl, whose death and body disposal—dropped unceremoniously in the study—are played for laughs.PlayedForLaughs.
29th May '17 9:22:25 PM nombretomado
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* TheCameo: [[Series/{{MASH}} Nurse Kellye]] and the rhythm guitarist of Music/TheGoGos are murder victims, while [[WKRPInCincinnati Dr. Johnny Fever]] puts in an uncredited appearance as a Jehovah's Witness[[spoiler:/FBI chief]].

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* TheCameo: TheCameo:
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[[Series/{{MASH}} Nurse Kellye]] and the rhythm guitarist of Music/TheGoGos are murder victims, while [[WKRPInCincinnati [[Series/WKRPInCincinnati Dr. Johnny Fever]] puts in an uncredited appearance as a Jehovah's Witness[[spoiler:/FBI chief]].



* CanonForeigner: Wadsworth [[spoiler:(except in the third ending)]].
** Also Yvette, the cook, the motorist, and the cop.

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* CanonForeigner: CanonForeigner:
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Wadsworth [[spoiler:(except in the third ending)]].
** Also Yvette, the cook, the motorist, and the cop.
28th May '17 5:10:34 AM eroock
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** Lee Ving, the frontman for the punk rock band Fear, is Mr. Boddy, which is a MeaningfulName since Mr. Boddy will be "Lee Ving" [note]leaving,
as in leaving the world of the living[/note] soon.

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** Lee Ving, the frontman for the punk rock band Fear, is Mr. Boddy, which is a MeaningfulName since Mr. Boddy will be "Lee Ving" [note]leaving,
[note]leaving, as in leaving the world of the living[/note] soon.
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