The Box Office Hit – Large group script

It is the opening night of Hollywood’s latest blockbuster film “Undercover and Dangerous”.

Unfortunately midway through their glitzy cocktail reception disaster strikes! The promotional stunt goes horribly wrong!

Tom Spanks, the star of the movie, was scheduled to jump out from between the sheets of the mock double bed in the foyer waving his gun and quoting some lines from the film.

Instead the sheets twitch and then…. nothing. Tom fails to materialise. On investigation, the star is not just undercover – he’s dead as well! The question is: who killed him?

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This Game is Rated:


This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.

A murder – violence suggested.
Sexual Themes – Mild references to filming “love scenes” in the film and references to characters being romantically interested in each other.
Comic Mischief – Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set

  • Full instructions

  • Script booklet for each cast member

  • Invitation flyer (which you can copy to requirements)

  • Invitations and envelopes for each cast member

  • Script for the inspector

  • Guest instruction handouts x 20 copies

  • Clue question sheets for guests

  • Solution in sealed envelope so inspector can play too


1 review for The Box Office Hit – Large group script

  1. Happy Customer

    I was arranging a fund raising evening at the local Indian Restaurant and wanted something a little different. I had 46 guests, some of whom I did not know! After finding Red Herring Games on the internet I called to find out a little more about the games and with Jo’s help decided on The Box Office Hit. There was no line learning and my guest/suspects were issued with a booklet with their script. I was very nervous before the evening began as I have never done anything like this before. I need not have worried as Jo had talked me through the process of the game and her help was invaluable for the night. At the end of the evening I had excellent feedback from my guest and the owner of the restaurant and have been requested to organise another evening. A BIG THANK YOU to Jo for making this an evening we will be talking about for a long time.

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How it works:

These games require 7-13 cast and involve the rest of the audience by getting them to ask pre-set questions – which are provided to them on paper by the inspector at the start of each round.

They run in a similar way to a dinner party, so are an ideal first choice for novice hosts and acing teams with little or no experience running large scale events.

These games work best as a sit down event with 6-12 tables of guests, with a suspect on each table.

As a rough guide these mysteries take approximately 2-3 hours to complete with a three course meal.

During the game the audience will listen to five short sets of dialogue from the cast and pose pre-scripted questions (which the cast answer with pre-scripted answers). There are three rounds which can be evenly spread throughout the night or, if preferred, the question and answer rounds can be bunched together into one large round.

At the end of the final round the guests are given time to decide who is the murderer, and once the guests have decided who did it, how and why (i.e. the murderer and motive) they will complete the answer sheet and hand it in.

How these games usually run.

Introductory Round: Introductions by the cast and the facilitator “inspector character”.
Rounds 1, 2 and 3: Scripted dialogue from the cast, followed by pre-set questions and answers.
Concluding Statements and solution: conclusions by the cast and denouement from the inspector.

There is one “inspector character” who acts as facilitator during the event and is essential to the cast.

Reducing the cast size will reduce the length of time required to solve the mystery.

Each “download and print at home” kit is provided as a zip file containing a set of PDF files for you to print at home, and a selection of MP3 files to use on the night.

Each dinner party game requires use of a printer and A4 paper (approx. 80 sheets for a 6 player kit – 240 sheets for a 20 player kit), envelopes so you can send out your invitations, and either a laptop or MP3 player (e.g. an ipod) to play the inspector MP3s; OR a CD burner so you can burn the MP3s onto a CD to run in an ordinary CD player.

When you order the game you’ll be sent a link to download the files you need.  The file will be a zip file.  This can be opened with a zip compatible program on your computer.  If you struggle to open zip files – we can email you the game directly over several emails instead – just contact us after purchase to arrange this.

You will download the following files:

  • How to use this game
  • Instructions for running the murder mystery
  • Making the most of your theme- ideas for decoration / activities.
  • Invitations
  • Character Booklets (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Scripted for the inspector character (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Solution script for the inspector character (needed when printing from the single sided copy)
  • MP3 files for the inspector character (dialogue and solution)
  • Hints and tips
  • Recipe suggestions
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase

This is the easiest way to play.  Everything you need will arrive in a box, pre-printed, directly to your door.

You will receive through the post:

  • Instruction booklet (includes hints and tips)
  • Invitations and envelopes for all the guests
  • Character booklets
  • CD of the inspector
  • Inspector script in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestion booklet.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

We always ship within 24 hours meaning orders arrive as quickly as possible.

As each game is printed on demand, we can also provide a customisation service on any order.  See details further down the page on what we can do to tailor this game to your party.

Characters in the game:

Inspector James Bland – The policeman responsible for solving the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Inspector James Bland has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Antonio Bandana
 – Sound Man
With olive skin, tight dark trousers and a fantastic body (from holding up the boom) – Antonio is a real ladies man.

Meg Lyin – Actress
Blond and ditsy, Meg has a cute figure and always wears clothes that show it off.

Tom Fuse – Stunt Man
In jeans or leather trousers, Tom has a thing for living dangerously and has the scars to prove it.

Sandra Ballcock – Assistant Director
Busty and bossy – Sandra is always into cuts, low cuts, high cuts and cut aways – but don’t let her dresses fool you – she is not a girl to mess with!

Harris Enford – Animal Handler
Never without his trusty whip and leather hat, Harris is a real hunk of a man.

Judy Drench – 2nd assistant to the 3rd key grip
A lighting and rigging technician with formidable presence on the set, Judy is often in smart suits, and positively abhors sexist misogynist dinosaurs.