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Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 3 February 1989 (USA)
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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.

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Eliot Draisen
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Vince Barnes
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P.J. Downing
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Nikki Downing
Valri Bromfield ...
Detective Casey
Doug Steckler ...
Dwayne
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Jennifer Downing (as Renee Coleman)
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Tim
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Marie
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Doorman
Fiona Roeske ...
Crumb Receptionist
Lori O'Byrne ...
Karen
Michele Goodger ...
Mrs. MacIntyre (as Michelle Goodger)
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Harry is the latest generation of the Crumbs, famous and extremely talented detectives. Unfortunately talent seems to have skipped a generation and Harry is reduced to "gumshoe" work at a remote branch of the Crumb detective agency. Back at headquarters, Crumb executive Elliot Draison hatches an evil plan which requires the inclusion of an incompetent detective. With Harry Crumb on the case Draison thinks everything will run fine for him. Despite his best efforts Crumb actually makes some headway in the case... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Nerves of steel. Body of iron. Brain of stone.

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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3 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vem är Harry Crumb?  »

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$10,982,364 (USA)
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Trivia

The picture was filmed during May, June and July 1988. See more »

Goofs

When Nikki calls out to her father to let him know that Harry arrived at their house, her mouth is saying something other than "Hey, dad!" See more »

Quotes

Mrs. MacIntyre: [looking at photos of her husband cheating on her] You idiot! These pictures are of me!
[Harry Crumb falls backwards in his chair]
Harry Crumb: What? Let me see those.
Mrs. MacIntyre: Give them here.
Harry Crumb: Not so fast. I've had my eye on you for a while, lady. I knew you were up to something, and here's my proof: it was you who was having an affair with your husband all along!
Mrs. MacIntyre: What?
Harry Crumb: I've uncovered some pretty low schemes in my time. But secretly hiring me to take pornographic pictures of you and your sleazeball husband is as low ...
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On Your Side Tonight
Music by Michel Colombier
Lyrics by Kathy Wakefield
Produced by Michel Colombier
Performed by Richard Martin-Ross (as Richard Martin Ross)
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Kind of like a not as good "Fletch".
3 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

However, I still thought this John Candy was rather funny. Sure it has sort of the same premise as the first "Fletch" movie mixed with a few new ingredients, but it works for me in a way. John Candy plays the title character, a person who comes from a long line of great detectives who is a bit of a bad, bumbling type detective. So yes, this film adds a bit of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau into the mix as well. Well there is a kidnapping that has occurred as a wealthy man has one of his daughters taken in some sort of spa and for reasons that would be revealed later the private investigator that has been hired gets Crumb on board. The lead police detective on the case does not really care for this, but the father at this point is desperate. The father is married to a new wife and the step mom in this case is a bit of a flirt to put it lightly. Harry immediately has suspicions that it is her so while he is kind of doof, he is also somewhat intelligent as his suspicions of her are not totally without warrant. During his investigation he dresses up and pretends to be some rather oddball characters to try and find the missing girl. It is nice that the movie does not really feature a love interest for Crumb as that would have been a bit awkward, instead he kind of teams up with the younger daughter, but it is strictly a friends only type deal. So in the end I thought this film was a rather good and funny John Candy movie, probably one of my favorite of his where he is the main star and he does not have any real back up like having Dan Aykroyd in "The Great Outdoors" or Steve Martin in "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles".


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