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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eliot Draisen
Vince Barnes
P.J. Downing
Nikki Downing
Valri Bromfield ...
Detective Casey
Doug Steckler ...
Jennifer Downing (as Renee Coleman)
Fiona Roeske ...
Crumb Receptionist
Lori O'Byrne ...
Michele Goodger ...
Mrs. MacIntyre (as Michelle Goodger)


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.


Comedy | Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

3 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vem är Harry Crumb?  »

Box Office


$10,982,364 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the detective agency was "Crumb and Crumb". See more »


When Elliot is tied up in the hanging chair and Harry hits him with the door, Eliot swings around and his feet hit one of the equipment racks, causing the rack to wobble as if it were just a hollow shell. See more »


Mikki Downing: Look at her. Isn't she perfect?
Harry Crumb: Well, I wouldn't say perfect. I mean, look at the size of her head. She must be enormous.
Harry Crumb: But easy to find.
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10 September 2002 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite comedies, Who's Harry Crumb is the story of a bumbling private detective played by John Candy, who uses a number of disguises throughout the film. Jeffrey Jones is excellent as Elliot Dreisen. A relatively clean movie, the comedy revolves around Harry and his earnestness and naivete you could say. A lot of viewers will laugh at Harry, but I laugh with him as he tracks down the kidnappers - and find them he will! A number of good lines, interesting dialogue, funny disguises, and cool cameos. Plus this movie actually makes Annie Potts a believable sex object. A very easy 10 for me!

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