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Here's a great old Cluedo advertisement

That's right kid, shoot your father before he stabs you! ... And why are all the men wearing paper hats?

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I *think* they're supposed to be detective caps. (Except for the man on the left whose hat more resembles Jughead.)
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They'd never get away with an ad like that today - with a little boy pointing a gun. In fact, if that boy ever brought that gun to school, he'd likely be arrested like that 7 year old with his nerf gun...

I think with the garland on the wall, it's a Christmas celebration (and the fact that Christmas is mentioned in the text). Don't paper hats usually come in the traditional Christmas Crackers?
How do you know what kind of pictures they are if you're such a lay-dee?

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No kidding Michael! But why are only the men wearing paper hats? Discrimination? Odd.

That ad must be from Christmas 1949, as the board pictured is the 1949 first edition, as determined by the candlestick, which was replaced by the end of 1949.


Now to jump forward a few years, here's an ad for the 70s US edition I had not seen before. It says 1986, but if that's true, that's a lot money spent to showcase a board that was replaced soon thereafter.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3XKOwyAhds

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Murder by Death wrote:That's right kid, shoot your father before he stabs you!
Are you sure he's holding the dagger and not the lead pipe?

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Black wrote:Are you sure he's holding the dagger and not the lead pipe?
Yes.

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Its the lead pipe, there's no handles on it if it was the dagger, and its slightly bent.

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Jamie wrote:Its the lead pipe, there's no handles on it if it was the dagger, and its slightly bent.
Well, it might be, but here's what I'm seeing. Below you'll see a comparison between actual 1949 lead piping and dagger and an enlarged token. Note the original 1949 lead pipe is a consistent thickness top to bottom, and is somewhat longer than the dagger, whereas the token being held has a definite difference in thickness. And, due to the position of the man's hand, the token is most likely presented at an angle, making it appear thicker than it actually is. Also note, there are symmetrical protrusions on each side of the token, corresponding with those of the dagger. Keep in mind, that they are not sharply defined as they are at some distance from the camera, and further diminished by the print technology of 1949, and further resolution lost by scanning and scaling and compression for the internet. Then there's the way he is holding it, as if to plunge it downward into something. If it were being handled as a lead pipe, in this context of some kind of "stand-off", I would expect it to be sticking out parallel to the table, as if he were going to bash it down, rather than stab it. Either way, a lead pipe can be used to stab, or impale ... so I stand by my original statement.

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I agree. I believe it's the dagger (slightly sideways).
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Some great French ads from the 70s.

I like how one ad depicts only very young kids playing perhaps the darkest and grittiest incarnation of the game, certainly the most real, without any adults.

The most interesting ad to me is the one that shows a closeup of the board. All of the pieces are identical to those used in the game, except the ROPE! What is perhaps the nicest rope token I've ever seen is pictured in the ad. How disappointing it might have been to someone who opened the box only to find the standard flat, beige plastic rope! It inspires me to make my own similar rope token. Clearly the French knew just how abominable that plastic rope was!


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Here's another one ...

I love the falsely advertised premise, which completely explains what Parker Brothers was thinking when they licensed the Sherlock Holmes name ...

"You are Sherlock Holmes following the path of the criminal, using all your ingenuity and skill."

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Growing up in the States I remember around Christmas time they would always play great Clue commercials with the suspects. I hate these dumb advertisements that just show the detective like the two posted here...

I remember several different Clue commercials with different actors over the years, yet Ive never seen them on youtube or anywhere else. I have seen a few British Clue commercials on youtube and cluedofan.com.

Did nobody tape the American commercials???

I remember specifically one were sexy brunette Miss Scarlet was in the Billiard Room, it showed an elderly Colonel Mustard in the Library I think, and a prim and proper Mrs Peacock wearing a hat with a feather in it in another room. I dont remember the weapons.

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A Touch of Murder wrote:Growing up in the States I remember around Christmas time they would always play great Clue commercials with the suspects. I hate these dumb advertisements that just show the detective like the two posted here...

I remember several different Clue commercials with different actors over the years, yet Ive never seen them on youtube or anywhere else. I have seen a few British Clue commercials on youtube and cluedofan.com.

Did nobody tape the American commercials???

I remember specifically one were sexy brunette Miss Scarlet was in the Billiard Room, it showed an elderly Colonel Mustard in the Library I think, and a prim and proper Mrs Peacock wearing a hat with a feather in it in another room. I dont remember the weapons.
you mean something like this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWUl7uIDbMg
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this isn't a clue commercial, but it's a clue parody lol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHzCZqVp ... re=related
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They really should have had the actors for the 1972 Clue do a commercial!
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cluedoking123 wrote:
A Touch of Murder wrote:Growing up in the States I remember around Christmas time they would always play great Clue commercials with the suspects. I hate these dumb advertisements that just show the detective like the two posted here...

I remember several different Clue commercials with different actors over the years, yet Ive never seen them on youtube or anywhere else. I have seen a few British Clue commercials on youtube and cluedofan.com.

Did nobody tape the American commercials???

I remember specifically one were sexy brunette Miss Scarlet was in the Billiard Room, it showed an elderly Colonel Mustard in the Library I think, and a prim and proper Mrs Peacock wearing a hat with a feather in it in another room. I dont remember the weapons.
you mean something like this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWUl7uIDbMg

A butler, but no Mrs. White? Did she send her hubby in her absence?
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French 1981 advertisement:
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