Picks and Pans Review: Scavenger Hunt

updated 02/11/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/11/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

When a wealthy board-game inventor named Milton Parker (get it?) dies, his will instructs relatives, servants and a bewildered cabdriver (don't ask) to scurry around San Diego collecting obscure items like ostriches, crystal balls and beehives. The team racking up the most points inherits $200 million. Sound like fun? It isn't. Director Michael (Car Wash) Schultz seems to have gone on a scavenger hunt of his own to cast this obnoxious movie. He dug up a chubby Brit (Robert Morley), a chubby Yank (James Coco), a dumb blonde (Carol Wayne), a handsome dude (Dirk Benedict), a nasty shrew (Cloris Leachman)...the list of those to blame goes on and on. Most Offensive Performer award goes to One Day at a Time's Richard Masur. Bravest Attempt at Humor under Trying Circumstances: Soap's Richard Mulligan. This isn't low comedy; it's subterranean and an insult to participants and audience alike. (PG)

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