Harry Crumb is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he's not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.
Con man Kevin Lennihan framed in a jewel smuggling tries for an insanity plea and is sent to a hospital for review where he is confused for another doctor and takes over the hospital when a major storm hits.
Brewster is a minor league baseball player. Unknown to him, he had a (recently deceased) rich relative. In order to test if Brewster knows the value of money, he is given the task of disposing of $30m in 30 days. Brewster isn't allowed to have any assets to show for the $30m or waste the money in any way. If successful, Brewster gets to inherit $300m. The biggest problem of all however, is that Brewster can't tell anyone what he's doing, so everyone thinks he's crazy. Add to this the fact that if he fails, two scheming trustees will get their hands on the money, Brewster's task is not an easy one. Written by
Walter Hill says later he purposefully made the film "to improve his bank account and success quotient". See more »
It is often claimed that by using the rare postage stamp to mail a postcard Monty violated the clause of the will forbidding destruction of inherently valuable property. However, as Monty was using the stamp for its originally intended purpose this would not go against the terms of the will. See more »
Why is it when there's trouble we're the ones that get into it. I mean, there's a bar full of people and we're the only ones in jail.
I don't think it's racial you know, because I'm in here with you.
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I genuinely liked this movie. Richard Pryor in 1985 and before is one of the finest comedians/actors. If you saw "Blue Collar" or "Stir Crazy" or that one with the blind kids on the bus, you will see what I mean. John Candy is without a doubt the funniest comedy actor after Don Knotts (my opinion of course, there are many great comedic actors). I only had one problem with this movie. For instance, when Brewsters rich uncle said that it was against the rules to buy a picasso and then turn it into firewood, how come he was able to buy a valuable stamp, and then have it canceled by mailing (in effect, devaluing it)? I guess it wouldn't matter since he could give some money away, but then why not just give it all to one person and save the time?
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