Fridge / Clue

These are Fridge tropes related to the Clue franchise.

The Game

Fridge Logic
  • Similarly to the above, the premise involves finding both the murder weapon and the location of the murder, despite several weapons' natures being obvious (it's hard to confuse the cause of death between a stabbing and a hanging, for instance), and the dagger and revolver both causing sufficient mess as to make it difficult to hide where the murder occurred. Nominally explained away by the possibility that potential murderers may not have seen the body, and that the killer may have tidied up a bit. Also Bellisario's Maxim.

The movie

Fridge Brilliance
  • The third ending is supported as the actual ending if it is assumed that Wadsworth/Boddy threw away the key to the door to the lounge where the Motorist was locked in—it is revealed that Colonel Mustard "took the key to the cupboard...and substituted another" while they were huddled at the front door, which neatly explains why they couldn't unlock the lounge door. However, if Miss Scarlet or Mrs. Peacock did the same thing in the other endings, then the same explanation applies there.
  • On a related note, in the first two endings, Colonel Mustard in a usual moment of ditzy doofiness ends up falling against the wall in the Conservatory and accidentally revealing the secret passage. But in the third ending, where he actually had used it previously (and left the flashlight right there for them to find and use), the whole thing was an audacious act allowing him to "discover" the Motorist with Miss Scarlet and thus throw suspicion off himself. And in the case of the first ending, Miss Scarlet let him do this for the same reason, to throw suspicion off herself. The fact his excuse when leaving Miss Scarlet alone in the Ballroom was so lame, though, suggests he really did kill the Motorist, supporting the third ending as the actual ending.
  • Mr. Green's lack of interest in Yvette works no matter which ending you watch. In the first two endings, he's gay. In the third, he's happily married.
  • "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" features prominently in the soundtrack. "Shake, rattle, and roll..." as in dice.
  • The original board game actually makes little sense when you think about it; sure they can't tell who killed Boddy, but why would they have trouble telling where (the room he was found in would be a good start) or with what (bullet wounds and strangulation don't look very similar)? The movie actually addresses this by making him not really dead the first time; because his corpse disappears only to show up again with new injuries in a new location, it actually makes sense that the characters aren't sure how and where he died.
  • After the bloodbath, we discover that all the visitors were either blackmail victims or Boddy's accomplices. The deaths of the latter supposedly clears the killer of the chance of prosecution, as the only witnesses are still subject to blackmail. Except we never hear how Mr. Boddy found out about Mr. Green. Makes sense in light of the third ending. In that one, Green is an undercover FBI plant, investigating Mr. Boddy. Since the best way to prove that he's blackmailing people would be to get blackmailed himself, Green could simply make up a likely story and intentionally get someone to leak it. Mr. Green gave a strong hint he's not supposed to be there. Remember, Mr. Green exposed himselfnote , with a confused looking Wadsworth briefly checking the evidence. He didn't know Mr. Green's blackmail!
    • See another point further down the page, but it's pretty likely, considering Wadsworth/Mr. Boddy doesn't seem surprised by his appearance, that the informant was intended to be the Jehovah's Witness. In the first two endings Wadsworth, as an FBI agent, would have known the Jehovah's Witness worked for the FBI; not only could he have told Wadsworth directly about Green's secret, being his boss, but Wadsworth could have assumed someone who worked for one government agency could have learned the blackmailable secret of someone working for another government agency. Or the Witness could have been planned to take the place of the real informant in order to keep from rousing Boddy's suspicions; he could even have been how the FBI learned about what Boddy was up to to begin with, thus leading to Wadsworth being placed in Boddy's employ. As for the third ending, when Wadsworth/Boddy was making sure all the informants would show up, he would have contacted whoever had supposedly informed on Green to him; when Green's "secret" was revealed to him, this person would also have let Boddy know how to contact them, and once he did so, the response could have stated the informant would appear dressed as a Jehovah's Witness as an excuse for a State Department official to be at the mansion.
  • There are six murder weapons and six murders, one for each weapon. Just like in the game, you can work out how Mr. Boddy was killed through elimination.
  • Pay attention to the cook during the pre-Boddy scenes, especially during dinner. She manages to walk out of sight just as the guests, including Mrs. Peacock, her old boss and the person she was informing on, entered the area. And during dinner, Wadsworth happens to step in the way of Mrs. Peacock looking into the now-open shutter to the kitchen and seeing the cook. Not one scene before the cook's murder has her being seen by Mrs. Peacock. This makes certain later scenes ("monkey's brains" and her parts in the murder(s)) even more clever. It means that she recognized the cook was the same one that worked for her from JUST THE DESSERT. In fact, it makes sense that Wadsworth!Boddy would want to keep Peacock from recognizing the cook at that point in the night. Remember, at the start, Peacock is nervous and talkative because she dislikes the quiet. She might have accidentally blabbed about knowing the cook, cluing some of the others to their true purpose for being there. The movie made a point of such a thing happening when Ms White arrived and Wadsworth noted she and Yvette seemed to know each other. Wadsworth!Boddy knew that, while certain guests (White, Scarlet, Mustard) could keep quiet about Yvette and their connections to her, Peacock was more talkative and would not have thought anything of saying it.
  • Wadsworth's absurdly lengthy version of The Summation makes sense when you consider the reveals in the various endings. In the first two endings, he's stalling for time until his FBI buddies can reach and surround the house. In the third, he's Just Toying with Them.
  • "Communism was just a red herring." 100% true and 100% false at the same time. Communism had absolutely nothing to do with any of the blackmailers, the blackmailed, the murderers or the murdered - except that it was the justification for everything. Security, bribes, blackmail, secrets, they were all because of Communists who weren't anywhere near the place. It was just a red herring - a red herring everyone was willing to lie, cheat, steal, kill and pay for. Ouch.
    • Possibly subverted with Mrs. Peacock taking bribes from a foreign power. It could well be she was on the payroll of the USSR.

Fridge Logic
  • Mr. Boddy's circle of spies features prominently as secondary victims and antagonists, but in none of the endings is it explained how Mr. Boddy knows of Mr. Green's sexuality, with no spy ever tied to him. While it's possible that Boddy's butler or the Jehovah's Witness qualify, these only work in the third ending. Neither of the other endings offers any explanation.
    • In those endings, Wadsworth may genuinely have not realized Mr. Green was a homosexual since he is looking at the papers from the envelope in shock when the latter announces his. It's entirely possible Mr. Boddy was blackmailing him for a perceived secret over his actual one.
    • And whether just Wadsworth or Boddy too didn't know about the homosexuality, the secret could have been revealed via the Jehovah's Witness in those endings as well: in every ending he worked for the FBI, so just as he could have provided the fake secret for Green's sting, he could have been a fake informant who had replaced the real informant in the other endings so as to fool Mr. Boddy. The only difference is that apparently he didn't bother informing Wadsworth what the real secret was, thus explaining his shock. (Maybe because, after learning from the real informant what it was, he didn't want to expose it and get Green fired, not expecting Green would unmask himself?)
  • After Colonel Mustard leaves Miss Scarlet by herself in the ballroom, she is visibly ill at ease as she approaches the curtain because she believes that the murderer is hiding behind it. This behavior makes sense in the second and third endings (Miss Scarlet is innocent in the former, and in the latter, the cop hasn't arrived yet, so Miss Scarlet hasn't killed anyone at that point), but makes no sense in the first ending, where Miss Scarlet is the mastermind behind the murder spree.
    • Unless she thinks one of the other guests may have figured out what she's up to, and plans to kill her off so they can be the new blackmailer instead?