The flat little farce Dead on the Money, stars Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law) and Amanda Pays (The Flash) as lovers with a scheme: Bernsen convinces Pays to marry his cousin, played by John Glover, in order to find out whether the cousin killed Bernsen’s former girlfriend.
Dead on the Money is set up as a light, romantic, Hitchcock thriller, but there’s no wit in the plodding script by Gavin Lambert, based on Rachel Ingalls’ novella The End of Tragedy. Glover is still very much in the arch, campy mood he assumed for ABC’s remake of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and he’s funny as a saucer-eyed ichthyologist who may or may not be a murderer.
Although they’re husband and wife in real life, Bernsen and Pays seem mismatched here. He’s so dour and slow, and she’s so chipper and sharp it’s difficult to believe that their characters fell in love at first sight. Add to this dialogue like ”The rich always want to get richer,” and Dead on the Money is dead on the screen. D