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9th Jan '16 11:52:41 AM jamespolk
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* In ''[[Film/TheThinMan Another Thin Man]]'', a matchbook leads Nick to the "West Indies Club".
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* In ''[[Film/TheThinMan Another Thin Man]]'', ''Film/AnotherThinMan'', a matchbook leads Nick to the "West Indies Club".Club", which leads to a vital clue.
17th Dec '15 9:28:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* Hartigan in the ''Film/SinCity'' movie finds Nancy with the help of a book of matches in her apartment. He does, however, [[LampshadeHanging point out]] in the narration that it's his ''only'' lead. ** The time period in which ''Sin City'' is set [[RetroUniverse isn't entirely clear]]; some characters dress like 90s [[AntiHero antiheroes]], while the cars (equipped with early '90s car-phones) look early-60s at the latest and weapons run the gamut from swords to bleeding-edge sniper rifles. But they had to use the matchbook gag, as the whole premise of the series is "take film noir and turn all the dials {{up to eleven}}".
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* Hartigan in the ''Film/SinCity'' movie finds Nancy with the help of a book of matches in her apartment. He does, however, [[LampshadeHanging point out]] in the narration that it's his ''only'' lead. ** lead. The time period in which ''Sin City'' the story is set [[RetroUniverse isn't entirely clear]]; some characters dress like 90s [[AntiHero antiheroes]], while the cars (equipped with early '90s car-phones) look early-60s at the latest and weapons run the gamut from swords to bleeding-edge sniper rifles. But they had to use the matchbook gag, as the whole premise of the series is "take film noir and turn all the dials {{up to eleven}}".
17th Dec '15 9:02:31 AM Morgenthaler
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7th Dec '15 9:53:03 AM Hossmeister
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* Phoenix in ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'' finds a matchbook for the Tres Bien restaurant, where a murder was committed, in the office of a loan shark. He later uses the matchbook to refute the loan shark's claim that he had never set foot in Tres Bien, and thus could not have been the murderer.
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* Phoenix in ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'' ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'' finds a matchbook for the Tres Bien restaurant, where a murder was committed, in the office of a loan shark. He later uses the matchbook to refute the loan shark's claim that he had never set foot in Tres Bien, and thus could not have been the murderer.
20th Nov '15 8:26:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in ''Loaded Weapon'': "I've never been there!" - "Well, these matches say you're lying." Then the matchbook is opened up, just to reveal the words "You're lying" written there.
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* Parodied in ''Loaded Weapon'': ''Film/LoadedWeapon1'': "I've never been there!" - "Well, these matches say you're lying." Then the matchbook is opened up, just to reveal the words "You're lying" written there.

* A matchbook is one of the 20 items in ''{{Paycheck}}'', and seems even more of an anachronism in the future. [[spoiler: Justified in that the label on the matchbook is a painted-on disguise for its real information, and also because the hero actually needs to light matches later on.]]
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* A matchbook is one of the 20 items in ''{{Paycheck}}'', ''Film/{{Paycheck}}'', and seems even more of an anachronism in the future. [[spoiler: Justified in that the label on the matchbook is a painted-on disguise for its real information, and also because the hero actually needs to light matches later on.]]

* A branded napkin is the clue in ''Sinners and Saints'' (2010), for a club that closed down five years before, so the police realise the villains are using the supposedly derelict building.
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* A branded napkin is the clue in ''Sinners and Saints'' ''Film/SinnersAndSaints'' (2010), for a club that closed down five years before, so the police realise the villains are using the supposedly derelict building.
14th Nov '15 5:47:24 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheRockfordFiles Jim Rockford]] often finds matchbooks as clues. This is a 1970s show. [[Series/MagnumPI Tom Magnum]] sometimes finds matchbooks, but his adventures take place in the 1980s, when people were starting to smoke less. He's more likely to find business cards.
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* [[TheRockfordFiles [[Series/TheRockfordFiles Jim Rockford]] often finds matchbooks as clues. This is a 1970s show. [[Series/MagnumPI Tom Magnum]] sometimes finds matchbooks, but his adventures take place in the 1980s, when people were starting to smoke less. He's more likely to find business cards.
24th Oct '15 7:16:36 AM StFan
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* In an issue of the ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' comic book, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Splinter, and April return to the building from which a ridiculously large Foot Soldier had emerged. Upon entering the building, they find a matchbook bearing the name "Acme Traps", which they go to and find... [[spoiler:Donatello tied up and dangling from the ceiling, suspended over a maze.]]
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* In an issue of the ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' ''ComicBook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' comic book, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Splinter, and April return to the building from which a ridiculously large Foot Soldier had emerged. Upon entering the building, they find a matchbook bearing the name "Acme Traps", which they go to and find... [[spoiler:Donatello tied up and dangling from the ceiling, suspended over a maze.]]
25th Sep '15 12:15:27 PM Kooshmeister
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* Axel Foley in the first ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' movie recovers a matchbook from a failed hitman, and is able to recover the {{Big Bad}}'s fingerprint.
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* Axel Foley in the first second ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' movie recovers a matchbook from a failed hitman, and is able to recover Cain's fingerprint. Oddly, though' ''not'' the {{Big Bad}}'s fingerprint.hitman's fingerprints, even though he was the last one to handle it and didn't have gloves.
13th Sep '15 8:23:55 AM gallium
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* In ''Film/CastleOfSand'' the only clue found by the body was a matchbook to an establishment called Bar "Ron". This leads to the witness who saw the dead man with another man, and recalls the mysterious mentions of "Kameda"
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* In ''Film/CastleOfSand'' the only clue found by the body was a matchbook to an establishment called Bar "Ron". This leads to the witness who saw the dead man with another man, and recalls the mysterious mentions of "Kameda""Kameda." * In ''Film/{{Harper}}'', Harper pulls a matchbook out of the pocket of the dead guy who came for the ransom money. It leads him to the nightclub where Betty Fraley is performing.
24th Jul '15 10:35:38 AM TrustBen
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* In ''Halfway House'', Ellery points out that most matchbooks are far too common for one to be incriminating. Then it turns out that one is, anyway.
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* In ''Halfway House'', Ellery Literature/ElleryQueen points out that most matchbooks are far too common for one to be incriminating. Then it turns out [[DoubleSubversion that one is, is]], anyway.
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