Calling All Cars!!,Calling All Cars!! be on the lookout for Bonnie and Clyde. Today I'm offering for sale the "Calling All Cars" Parker Brothers Board Game from the 1940's based on the very popular radio program from the 1930's. The first Calling All Cars game was made and copyrighted in 1938 and is considered quite rare. This edition was made around 1940/1941 and shows no copyright date.
The game consists of a playing board displaying four separate tracks which police cars race around trying to get to the Central Police Station located in the center of the board. The game comes with instructions and 4 metal police cars, red, blue, silver, and green. There is also a large card that has two spinners.
The object of the game, which may be played by 2 to 5 players, is to move your police car from your starting space at the corner of the game board to the Police Station in the center, moving as directed by the spin of the two indicators. The first police car to reach the Central Police Station wins the game.
**Condition of Box: The top and bottom of the box are in fair+ condition. *Top: There is a 2” x 2” piece missing from one side, surface wear, and edge wear to the top of the box. There is fading to one of the sides of the top of the box and tape on the top of the box. There is also tape holding one of the corners together. *Bottom: There is edge wear, the bottom is pushed in, and there is a 1” tear along the top edge of the bottom of the box.
**Condition of Game Board, Card with Two Spinners, 4 Metal Cars, and Instructions: The Game Board is in good condition, the Card with Two Spinners is in good condition, the Four Metal Cars are in very good condition, and the Instructions are in good condition. *Game Board: There are a couple of fingerprints on the outside of the board and each of the four corners are slightly bumped. There are surface scratches on the inside of the board. *Card with Two Spinners: Both spinners are in good working condition. There is surface wear and a tiny water mark along the one edge. *Instructions: There are tiny crease marks at two of the corners.
The Box measures 16" wide x 8" long while the Game Board measures 14 3/4" x 14 3/4" when opened up.
*Here's a little history about the game. The game is based on a 1930's radio program called "Calling All Cars" which was broadcast on the West Coast on the CBS Network sponsored by the Rio Grande Oil Company. The show was a dramatization based on actual police case files and was considered one of the best cops-and-robbers radio programs before the radio program Gang Busters came on the radio to compete with Calling All Cars. Kids and adults would be glued to the radio every week hoping to hear all about gangsters like John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone, and other everyday bad guys.
If your grandfather or your grandmother grew up in the 1930's or 1940's they may have listened to "Calling All Cars" on the radio and then got to play along with this game while listening to the show. What a neat gift to surprise them with.
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