Mystery Date

Mystery Date game "Will he be a dream... or a dud?" Share your own memories of this toy

This memory was added on: May 17, 2008

My younger sister (a plastic grape chewer) used to say that I would marry the bowler (door #4) every time I played Mystery Date with her. I had stars in my eyes for the Prom Date. Lo and behold three years ago I married an avid bowler. She’s teased me ever since. She points out that she knew it all along. I haven’t figured out which door she married but she’s getting those grapes for Christmas this year!


This memory was added on: May 18, 2007

To answer the "Poindexter" writer - he was in the "Barbie Queen of the Prom" game; the other guys were Ken, Bob and Tom. Tom had glasses, Bob had a "white" crew cut. Poindexter had beady eyes, and Ken, well Ken was DREAMY.

I have a re-pro of that game that was produced in the mid-90s.


This memory was added on: December 12, 2006

Mystery Date was and will always be my all-time favorite board game. I was devastated when my mom tossed it out when I left for college! One Christmas my cousins and I were playing MD and I will never forget this -- my cousin Allison said she hoped to get "The Bum" because "if you cleaned him up, he'd be cute!" We all thought she was crazy. I remember when you turned the knob on the white plastic "door" in the middle of the board, the handle would grab one of five cards with photos of five guys, ranging from "best" to "worst" -- #1 was the "dreamy" prom date in a tux; #2 was a tennis player; #3 was a skier; #4 had glasses, wore polyester, and was carrying a bowling bowl (he looked like the nerd from "American Graffiti"); and #5 was "The Bum," all dirty and unshaven. I just wanted to be the "prom girl" at the front of the line who was opening the door on the cover of the box. That pink glittery dress!

Jen C.

This memory was added on: December 3, 2006

Barney--I remember how nice your cousin Rita always was to me. I always had thefeeling her fan letters were real and not something she had her secretary send out.I havea photo of her w/her husband. Are they still together? This was shortly beofre she left ATWT, and he was the Hughes family minister.

I loved Mystery Date but was a lonely girl and nobody to play it with me

Cajunlady Marie

This memory was added on: November 30, 2006

Will he be a dreamboat or a DUD! We played that you automatically lost if you got the bowling date; Flat top and horned-rim glasses with a Madras shirt. You won if you got the Dud. Even as a little girl I wanted to be with the greasy haired guy with the motorcycle boots and his shirt-tail hanging out. You just KNEW he'd show you an exciting date, perhaps an illegal drag race, give you your first hard liquor and wildly make out in the back seat of his Super Bee. Man, I just realized I married a guy like that!

L. A. Hammer

This memory was added on: October 7, 2006

I was still in the garage after work when my husband came walking toward me. Suddenly I was struck with this vision from out of nowhere. There he was, standing right in front of me and all mine... The Mystery Date Dud! I started to laugh without being able to tell him why. No way would he ever have even heard of the game. I remember it well. The Dud was actually pretty hot, I was just too young to know it.


This memory was added on: August 25, 2006

My best friend's older sister had the Mystery Date game, and she and I were really young, so we never really learned how to play it, but I do remember taking turns opening up the door, and screeching with laughter every time one of us got the so called "dud"--although I think I remember thinking he was the cutest one at the time. And I grew up to prefer quirky artist type guys, so go figure.

Miss C

This memory was added on: July 26, 2006

One of the prominent young actresses in the classic "Mystery Date" commercial was my cousin Rita (then McLaughlin, now Rita Walter). She's the one who gets the dream date. She later became one of Mister Wizard's most popular assistants, a regular on Mitch Miller's sing-along show, and also on the soap operas "Secret Storm" and particularly "As the World Turns" (playing the character Carol Hughes Stallings from the sixties to the early eighties), and was also the "other cousin" when seen from behind on "The Patty Duke Show". She also did other memorable commercials, for Prell (dropping the new plastic container from the top of a staircase), The Star ("Get the Untold Story, like I do") and in another memorable ad, this one from the seventies, was served Thomas' English Muffins in bed. Rita's husband was shocked to learn she was the actress in that last ad at the family reunion a few years ago, having seen the commercial even before he met her.

Barney O'Neill

This memory was added on: July 22, 2006

This brings back memories. My friends and I always played this on Friday night sleepovers What a time What a memory, boy am old!!! lol

Diane Dowland

This memory was added on: June 9, 2006

Hey, that dud was pretty cute! I secretly was kinda glad when I ended up with him.


This memory was added on: May 10, 2006

I had this game and LOVED it!!! It seemed that I always got the bowling guy or the dud. Oh well, at least now I have a prince : )


This memory was added on: May 8, 2006

i often find myself humming or singing the song from the commercial for this game. i have NO idea why other than it cracks me up every time i think of it. ...mystery date are you ready for your mystery date open the door for you *ahhhhhhh* mystery date...

i never had the game but my best friend did.


This memory was added on: May 4, 2006

I loved this game! I used to always go to my friend's house to play. I want to buy one now-does anyone have one I can buy?


This memory was added on: April 24, 2006

I was talking to a friend and we starting talking about a game where one of the males was called Poindexter. I didn't remember much about the game and couldn't even remember the name of the game. We finally found this website and found out the name. Does anyone remember the names of the other males in this game?


This memory was added on: March 28, 2006

I remember having some friends over and playing the Mystery Date game. I remember someone got the bum and we would tease and laugh at that person saying that was what her further husband was going to be like. Sometimes they laughed and sometimes they got mad. I got it for chirstmas.

janice a. fowler

This memory was added on: March 15, 2006

I always got the rich looking guy in the white jacket. In real life, I got the broke losers. Hmmmm.


This memory was added on: January 27, 2006

My sister and I spent many hours playing this game....funny how she always ended up with the dud!


This memory was added on: December 27, 2005

Does anyone know the names of the characters in the Mystery Date game? I know Poindexter, but the others must have had names too.


This memory was added on: December 16, 2005

When I was little, I remember going to my cousin's house and playing this game. I remember so desperately not wanting to get Poindexter!


This memory was added on: December 14, 2005

I still have my orignal game of Mystery Date and my 2 girls play it lots of time too. We even played with the guys in my neighborhood. We all laughed who got the bum.