Film / Scavenger Hunt (1979)

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Mildred Carruthers: Why, that worm! What's he trying to prove? Georgie and I are his legitimate heirs. Why should we have to play some dumb game just to get what's rightfully ours? I'm going to contest this will!
Charles Bernstein: That's the point, Mrs. Carruthers. This will is a contest.

Scavenger Hunt is a 1979 comedy film directed by Michael Schultz and starring, among others, Richard Benjamin, James Coco, Ruth Gordon, Cloris Leachman, Roddy McDowall, Richard Mulligan, and Tony Randall.

The plot centers around, well, Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Specifically, a Scavenger Hunt arranged by the late game inventor Milton Parker (Vincent Price) for the $200 million in his will. There are five teams consisting of Mr. Parker's servants led by cook Henri (Coco) and valet Jenkins (McDowall), his greedy widowed sister Mildred (Leachman) with her dumb son Georgie and their Amoral Attorney Selsome (Benjamin), son-in-law Henry Motley (Randall) and his four kids, nephews Kenny and Jeff Stevens, and cab driver Marvin Dummitz (Mulligan). Hilarity Ensues.

As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki and at IMDB.


"This trope is a contest":

  • Bee Afraid: Henry goes to get a beehive out of a field, and, of course, gets stung.
  • Big Fun: One of the rules is "50 bonus points for the team with the heaviest person."
  • Mugged for Disguise: Not for disguise, but Kenny and Jeff's team do take a policeman's uniform.
  • Mummy: Marvin tries disguising himself as one so Sam (Scatman Crothers), the guard from the bridal shop who has subesquently teamed up with Marvin, can steal a suit of armor. It doesn't work out the way they planned.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The character Marvin Dummitz and the story of how Mr. Parker's business partner had the misfortune of hailing Dummitz's cab on the day of an important meeting, and never making it to the meeting, is a parody of the real-life story of Melvin Dummar and Howard Hughes.
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