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Mystery Date
by Milton Bradley
Mystery Date


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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!

Connie


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.


Lori
1960


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.
1965


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
1960


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
1961


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.


Shelly
1958


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
1961


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
1962


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
1958


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.


JulieBaby
1958


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 : )


monica
1963


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.


marian
1957



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?


Audrey
60


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?


Meryl
1953


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
1960


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.


Sher
1964


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!


juli
1958


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.


Kim
1957


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!




Janet
1959


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.


Anne
1959


This memory was added on: December 13, 2005

I LOVED this game when I was about 7! Now I know why!


Charlie
1960


This memory was added on: December 3, 2005

I loved playing this game. I can remember mine was played so much that it was literally falling apart when I thought I was too old to play it.


Lori
1972


This memory was added on: November 6, 2005

I loved this game .....My daughter has the newer version and it is not the same....


brenda
1960


This memory was added on: November 1, 2005

I trace all my problems with men to the fact that I found the "dud" more appealing than the dream date.

Between "Mystery Date" and "The Barbie Game" I do believe I was scarred for life!


Claudia
1959


This memory was added on: October 9, 2005

LOVED this game (and I'm a boy).


Joshua
1965


This memory was added on: September 2, 2005

omigod! my friend kathy had this game, and we both loved the dud!


lea ann
1960


This memory was added on: August 10, 2005

I always ended up with the Bowling Guy! :-)


Melanie
1960


This memory was added on: August 7, 2005

My older cousins and my sister would always play this game together. Sometimes they'd let me play too, but they seemed to think that it was a real "privilege." LOL.

Tried for one on ebay a few times, but the price for this one and another game we had, Green Ghost, always goes too high for me. Wish they'd reissue the ORIGINAL.


PJ Hedrick
1961


This memory was added on: July 13, 2005

Oh yes, I remember playing this game with my sister and my cousin Taunya. We had so much fun! I can't remember is any of us ever figured out the trick with the door, but I remember how funny it was when one of us would be stuck with the nerd. Those were the good old days. These days I would be happy to have the nerd for a date. LOL


cindy
1968


This memory was added on: July 11, 2005

I loved this game, mainly because it was my big sisters and I wanted everything she had. Somehow I always ended up with Poindexter, but I didn't care as long as I got to play!






This memory was added on: June 7, 2005

I'm one of six children and my older sisters had the Mystery Date game. Of course, they THOUGHT I was too young to play, but as soon as they finished I would get it out and find my "date." The "dud" was even appealing to me. I've tried to find my own copy of "Mystery Date" since the one my sisters owned is long gone. An electronic version came out not too many years ago. It's just not the same... :)


Theresa
1961


This memory was added on: May 10, 2005

I remeber the "dud" actually having a bowling ball. This is the the 50's or early 60's version. I have never actually played but my mother has. That game is probably still down in the basement of my Grand Parents. I'm not sure which family will get it when their stuff is divided. It will probably go to my aunt Lynn.


Matt
1971



This memory was added on: May 1, 2005

I'm another one that I didn't own it but my older cousins did (about 1964-65 or so?).

But I remember that version was easy to finagle by the way you turned the door handle.

The way the door "chose" which date it opened on was by a crosspiece on the other side of the doorknob that turned and the different pages with the dates had cut outs that piece would catch. Depending on how that crosspiece was turned when you opened the door decided which date you got.

Well, with a little practice I got to know how to turn the doorknob before I opened it and would get the date I needed to match my cards almost every time - or at least avoid "the dud".

When my cousins realized what I was doing the game got shoved to the back of the closet. :)


Kathy O
1958


This memory was added on: April 12, 2005

I never had this game but my older cousins did and when we went to their house my sister and I would play it and have a blast. Of course it was fun until one of us got (THE DUD) ... Then someone ran upstairs teary eyed .... geeezeee sesitive much? LOL


Gina
1964


This memory was added on: March 6, 2005

My two younger brothers remember this game more than I do for some reason.

There was the little chant "You get the stud or You get the Dud".

The coolest thing about it was that door opened to reveal your man.


Noelle
1960



This memory was added on: January 26, 2005

Since I was playing this game with my older sister and her friends, I always was told I would have the "dud" to go out with. It bothered me that I "had" to have him, but he really was cuter than the others. Wonder whatever happened to the model who was the "dud"?


Carolyn
1962


This memory was added on: January 24, 2005

oh wow!!!!! this was my favorite game, i remember playing hours even alone, learning how to turn the knob just right.


joyce
1963


This memory was added on: January 13, 2005

OMG one of my most favorite games. I was hoping it would be on your list. I couldn't wait to open the door. laughing to myself right now


Judy Rae
1958


This memory was added on: January 12, 2005

I never had my own Mystery Date, but used to covet my cousins. I still remember the commercial...."Open the door to your Mystery Date....will he be a dream or a dud?"




Christine
1960



This memory was added on: November 21, 2004

This is so cool. My older sister would go to the apartment upstairs to hang out with her friend and play "Mystery Date" and I would beg to go too (otherwise I'd steal all her makeup and try it on!). What a blast! Then, the game was passed down to me, the lowly, younger sister and you know what? My friends and I would have just as much fun (or more). I LOL when I read the comment about "turning the knob just right" -- in fact I've loved reading all the comments. Why did I think the "dud" carried a bowling ball -- oh well....now I want to play with my 9 year old daughter and I can't find the game. The new one, in my opinion, is, well, basically too new. I am definitely having a Mystery Date party -- if I ever get the game -- and I'll take no substitutes -- note even the 70s version (have you seen it?) Bye


jeanne
1960


This memory was added on: September 22, 2004

Remember the politically incorrect commercial for this one-"you could find your dream date (guy in suit w/flowers) or end up with the garbage man" (cut to horrified girl). I played this with my 9-years-older aunt and always ended up crying when I was stuck with the dud.


Linda
1964


This memory was added on: September 4, 2004

This was a great game one of my favorites! I hated it would I got the geeky guy! I think I saw a remake of this game in the toy stores a few years ago. I still remember the commercial for it. I have a son so I did not buy it. I should have bought it and played it with my sisters!


Lisa
1959


This memory was added on: August 31, 2004

I could relate to Scott Calvin's exwife on this, I never got this game for Christmas! But I still believed in Santa. He still owes me one!


Debbie
1960


This memory was added on: July 10, 2004

I actually still have my game, although it's been years since I played. (Perhaps my sister and I can get all of my old games out and have a retro game day sometime.) Geez! I even remember part of the song and words from the TV advertisement: "Open the door to your Mystery Date!" and "Will he be a dream (sigh!) or a dud (groan!)?" Fun times! Also, I hate to tell Lee this, but Poindexter with the red hair and black glasses was the "dud" in the Barbie game. The "dud" in Mystery Date was just kind of sloppy and scruffy looking.


Patti
1954


This memory was added on: June 9, 2004

I remember this and I was always wishing when I opened the door it would be Shaun Cassidy. Wow, the good old days when you still believed wished could come true!


Celine
1967


This memory was added on: June 9, 2004

I remember this and I was always wishing when I opened the door it would be Shaun Cassidy. Wow, the good old days when you still believed wishes could come true!


Celine
1967


This memory was added on: June 1, 2004

My cousin and I played this every rainy day -- and matching up the outfits gave me an impeccable fashion sense that has stood me well in later years. (HA!)

Actually, I always thought the dud was kinda cute. Being as I was kind of a nerd myself, I felt sorry for him.


Lizzie
1963


This memory was added on: May 27, 2004

I cannot remember the number of hours spent playing Mystery Date, but I can remember sneaking in some time to learn "exactly" how to turn the door knob to get the cute guy!!!!


Pammy
1960


This memory was added on: March 12, 2004

OMG I loved this game, hated when I got the dud date tho! Flash back, I love this!!


Elaine
1963


This memory was added on: February 27, 2004

My mom had grown up an only child. For this reason, she never seemed to tire of playing games with us when we were growing up. It was a family tradition that each of the four of us received a game as one of our Christmas gifts. (I think this tradition was more for Mom's benefit than it was for our's). I remember the year I got Mystery Date. My sis ter was too young to play a game, so Mom, who couldn't wait to play it, paid my two brothers to play it with us. I don't ever remember a more spirited version of the game!


Kim
1958


This memory was added on: February 9, 2004

my babysitter would bring this game over and we would play - i loved this, and would try to close the door with my DAW doll in it LOL needless to say she wasnt happy... LOL


april
1967


This memory was added on: December 23, 2003

My Grandma had this game at her house and my cousins and I would always play. The ugly guy's name was Poindexter and he had red hair and black horn-rimmed glasses. Of course there was the "dream date" that everyone always wanted--the rest were pretty much average Joe's.


Lee
1962


This memory was added on: December 4, 2003

OMG How I remember this one. I always got stuck with the ugly guy thanks to all the girls at slumber parties setting me up!!!!


Linda
1958