Cable Car Bell

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Cable Car Bell
The Cable Car Bell in the DOS release of Mario is Missing!
First appearance Mario is Missing! (1992)

The Cable Car Bell is an item solely in the DOS and Deluxe versions of Mario is Missing! It is, as its name suggests, a bell that is attached to a Cable Car. When it is thieved by some Koopa Troopas from its proper place in San Francisco, the whole cable cars system shut down in response. It is later taken back by Luigi after he fights off the Koopa Troopa that stole it; as he does not recognize it, he shows it to other people within the city. Everyone recognizes it as belonging to the cable cars, and provide additional information about them, such as how cable cars are operated by "gripsmen" (the proper term is actually "gripmen"[1]). Eventually, Luigi learns enough that he is able to return it to the cable car's information booth, and he is awarded $1280.


  • Boy: "You can reach halfway to the California stars in those little gold and maroon cars. Can I ring that?"
  • Tourist: "I took the cable car up Clay Street. The gripsman kept saying, "Where the bell is my horn?""
  • Reporter: "That does ring a bell. Maybe it belongs on the Clay Street line."
  • Scientist: "The first cable car traveled in 1873. They were named the first moving National Historic Landmark in 1964."
  • Policewoman: "Saved by the bell! That bell belongs on a cable car."


  1. ^ "How Cable Cars Work.", San Francisco Market Street Railway, 2018,