Picks and Pans Review: Caught in the Act

updated 07/26/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/26/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

USA (Thurs., July 22, 9 p.m. ET)

C+

Dandruff-shampoo spokesman Gregory Harrison plays a once promising actor reduced to crashing strangers' wedding receptions to cadge a decent meal. But suddenly and inexplicably, this broke but breezy chap finds his anemic checking account is swelling, from $79.76 to more than $10 million. His benefactor, though, is no benign John Beresford Tipton. A mystery man has made Harrison filthy rich but he has also framed him for murder.

Turns out Harrison is a wavy-haired pawn in an elaborate embezzlement scheme. Well, they picked on the wrong pawn. After all, who has more time to plot revenge than an out-of-work actor? Or the guile and ego to carry it off with panache?

The film is handsomely photographed and its serpentine plot hangs together well. But when it comes to mystery and suspense, well, sorry, Gregory, the project is a little flaky. Leslie Hope, Patricia Clarkson and Kevin Tighe costar.

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