Years before he cracked it with the likes of Joe Pesci and Eddie Murphy, Yes, Minister creator Lynn made an uncertain Hollywood debut with this ill-advised screen adaptation of the sleuthing board game Cluedo (Clue in America). New England, 1954 (!), and a certain Mr Boddy is summarily dispatched as his mansion is filled with suspicious guests, each hiding behind a pseudonym (Col Mustard, Prof Plum, etc), each with a motive for perpetrating the dirty deed. Sadly, however, the characters are less credible than their plastic counterparts, the puerile humour is dispiriting, and the plotting pulled this way and that by the conceit of releasing the film in the US with a trio of alternate endings. On Lynn's insistence, British viewers saw just the one - a small mercy.
Cast and crew
Lesley Ann Warren