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Excellent idea!I’ve been wanting to recreate the invitation letters and evidence packet along with the weapons and briefcase. Wadsworth reads his letter which, in part at least, says: “It will be to your advantage to be present on this date, because a Mr. Body will bring to an end a certain long-standing, confidential, and painful financial liability. Sincerely, a friend.”
We also know via dialogue from Ms. Scarlet and Mrs. White that the letters contained the address for the mansion and instructions to not use their real names and to refrain from discussing any personal information.
With that knowledge, I’ve surmised that the letters are formatted like this:
On [insert date here], a dinner party will be held at the Hill House estate, right off Route 41 in Massachusetts. You are invited as a guest to this event. Your host asks that you use an alias [insert alias of choice here] for the evening and also kindly asks for you to refrain from discussing any personal information with the other guests.
It will be to your advantage to be present on this date, because a Mr. Body will bring to an end a certain long-standing, confidential, and painful financial liability.
Sincerely, a friend.”
Now comes the tricky part. What date does the party take place on? There are a few clues that point to a few possibilities. When Wadsworth walks into the house, the screen displays that the movie is set in 1954. In this same scene, Wadsworth goes to the kitchen to check up on the cook and she is sharpening her knives and watching the TV. The man speaking on the television is Senator Joseph McCarthy. If you listen closely you can hear him say “...professors and teachers who are getting their orders from Moscow...”. After a quick Google search, I found that McCarthy made this statement in a hearing on June 9th, 1954.
“Problem solved, then” you ask? Not exactly. While the TV is broadcasting real footage from that date, there are other bigger details that lead me to believe the party is actually set later in 1954. The film opens with the guests arriving right as a terrible rain and thunderstorm sets in. Also, there is fog when Plum picks up Scarlet. There is also leaves falling and leaves on the ground when Wadsworth arrives. All signs of it being early fall. The guests’ attire supports this theory, with almost all arriving clad in topcoats, hats, scarves, and gloves. I’ve never lived in New England during the summer, but I don’t think heavy coats and scarves are exactly a part of people’s summer wardrobes in the 1950s, even when the sun has gone down. Also, setting a murder mystery during the fall just seems appropriate to me.
With that said, I think the party takes place on an evening in late September or early October. But if you want an exact date, I think going with the date of the McCarthy hearing is perfectly acceptable as well.
Hi, it’s brass if memory serves. You can find replicas on eBay, but a genuine knife is from WW2 and costs a decent amount.Hi,
I'm looking for a movie accurate dagger as a big Mrs. Peacock fan! I already have a set of The Diamond Prince Candlesticks for my Miss Scarlet collection!
Would the handle be brass or gold plated do you think??
I actually bought a CYLINDER from a real version of the gun, and I thought I'd make my design with a removable cylinder, so you could switch it out for the real thing and get that look and weight, but without making it into a real gun.Could definitely use gun files to complete my set.
The outside doorbell hardware was probably part of the actual doorbell of the Pasadena mansion they shot the exteriors at. That mansion (Max Busch House) is unfortunately burned down and gone, and the hardware was probably custom made and cast for the mansion.Hey gang! Created an account specifically to post in here. Would anyone know about the doorbell used in the movie? Or any parts of the set itself for that matter? An exact or even just similar door bell would be good but Googling around only results with vaguely similar bells. Ones that don't really look like the movie or are meant for internal use only.
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For the interior, it was a series of sets on the Paramount lot. I would be willing to bet they salvaged an old bell and the other metal pieces from a yard or maybe an estate sale.
Yeah, I don't think they would spend the time and money handmaking that from scratch. It could also maybe be a type of religious shrine? A place where you'd put a figure or picture?If it didn't start out as a bell surround, the wood enclosure could have been a telephone nook for a candlestick telephone. Never seen one that ornate, so salvaged from another mansion either way.