Clue: The VCR Mystery Game and Clue II: Murder In Disguise
In 1985 I was cast in a unique and groundbreaking project. Parker Brothers, the game manufacturer based in Beverly, MA, saw the potential for a new kind of home gaming experience centered around a technology which was rapidly becoming a household staple -- the VCR. Their first foray into interactive home video was based on their perennially popular board game, Clue. In addition to the "usual suspects" -- Col. Mustard, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White -- several new characters were invented specifically for the home video version, including the character I created, Monsieur Brunette. Clue: The VCR Mystery Game went on to become one of the best-selling videocassettes of 1985. Its sequel, Clue II: Murder in Disguisewas written and filmed in 1987, by which time other gaming platforms like Nintendo were dominating the market. The videos at the heart of the game have become something of a cult classic over the years; check out the splendid documentary made by Frank Durant and Tim Labonte called Who Did It: The Clue VCR Game
Clue VCR was shot at a private home in Wenham MA over the course of 3 weeks. Clue II: Murder in Disguise was filmed at Belcourt Castle in Newport RI, one of the few of the famed Newport Mansions that was still privately owned. The games were designed by Isabel Garrett and the scripts written by Hy Conrad, who would later write and produce for such TV series as Monk.
A Gallery of Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Clue VCR and Clue II: Murder In Disguise