Alfred Hitchcock Presents ‘Why?’ board game
The Alfred Hitchcock Presents ‘Why?’ board game is a vintage board game produced during the 1950s by the American company Milton Bradley.
The game was created to capitalise on the popularity of the television series ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’, which ran from 1955 until 1965. The series featured individual mystery or crime stories, presented by Alfred Hitchcock with an opening and closing monologue which usually featured a combination of jokes and occasional explanations at the end of some stories.
In 1962 the show changed from a 30 minute to a 50 minute format, and renamed as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour which ran until its last episode in 1965. The board game was re-released in 1968 using different artwork, but retaining the ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ title as repeats of the show were still widely shown in syndication across the U.S.
The Milton Bradley Alfred Hitchcock Presents ‘Why?’ board game
The theme of the game is similar to the popular game ‘Cluedo’, in that players act as detectives searching for a murderer, motive and weapon in a haunted house. Players move from room to room collecting cards in an attempt to complete a set and name the killer from a selection of ghosts that includes murdered dinner guests dressed as Daniel Boone, Pocahontas, Napoleon, Nero, Cleopatra and Henry the Eighth.
The game can be played by up to four players, with each named after a famous detective: Sergeant Monday, Dick Crazy, Charlie Clam, and Shylock Bones.
How much is an Alfred Hitchcock Presents ‘Why?’ board game worth?
The game remains fairly popular with collectors due to its relation to Hitchcock, and copies can sell on sites such as eBay for between $15 and $35 depending on their condition. Some mint condition examples have been known to occasionally sell for up to $65.