Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Clue - Supplement

 While we try to cover as much as we can in our episodes, there's always more to see, hear, and read about a movie that can enhance your viewing experience. If you enjoyed our episode on Clue, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...

Here's the trailer for the film, featuring pieces of Elmer Bernstein's score from Airplane! and notably not mentioning the multiple endings gimmick:

During its initial release, newspaper ads would inform audiences which ending could be seen where. Here's an example of one of those ads:

As we mentioned in the episode, the darker resolution of Ending B was changed slightly before release. Here's a still of the original ending showing Howard Hesseman's character shooting the murderer:

We also noted a fourth  ending that was conceived and may have been partially shot. This photo shows an excerpt from the original Clue storybook detailing that ending:

The growing appreciation for the film has led to the screenplay being adapted for the stage, notably by many high schools. Here's a production from Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls, New Jersey from 2018:

Much like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode Once More With Feeling, the film has inspired some to perform along with the projected film as a shadowcast. Here's the shadowcast troupe The Midnight Shift performing the film's three endings at a screening of the film:

The creators of the comedy show Psych celebrated their 100th episode with a spoof of the film called "100 Clues" that featured actors Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, and Christopher Lloyd as well as multiple endings. Take a look at a promo for the episode:

The documentary on the making of the film. "Who Done It," is still in production and will feature interviews with director Jonathan Lynn and several members of the film's cast. Here's the trailer for it:

Thanks for listening!

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