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Who's Harry Crumb? -- John Candy is bigger, better and more bumbling than ever as a soft-headed private eye determined tocrack a kidnapping case.
Who's Harry Crumb? -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Robert Conte (written by) &
Peter Wortmann (written by)
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Release Date:
3 February 1989 (USA) See more »
Nerves of steel. Body of iron. Brain of stone.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Candy ... Harry Crumb

Jeffrey Jones ... Eliot Draisen

Annie Potts ... Helen Downing

Tim Thomerson ... Vince Barnes

Barry Corbin ... P.J. Downing

Shawnee Smith ... Nikki Downing
Valri Bromfield ... Detective Casey
Doug Steckler ... Dwayne

Renée Coleman ... Jennifer Downing (as Renee Coleman)

Wesley Mann ... Tim

Tamsin Kelsey ... Marie

Joe Flaherty ... Doorman
Fiona Roeske ... Crumb Receptionist
Lori O'Byrne ... Karen
Michele Goodger ... Mrs. MacIntyre (as Michelle Goodger)

Beverley Elliott ... Joanne
P. Lynn Johnson ... Kelly
Peter Yunker ... Jeffrey Brandt

Brenda Crichlow ... Suki's Salon Receptionist

Garwin Sanford ... Dennis Kimball
Tony Dakota ... Freddy
Rob Morton ... Airport Cop
Marcel Maillard ... Chauffeur

Lesley Ewen ... Airport X-Ray Guard (as Leslie Ewen)

Manny Perry ... Cop In Car

Gary Hetherington ... Lover (as Gary Heatherington)

Patrick McKenna ... TV Man
Daliah Novak ... TV Woman (as Daliah Bache)
Eve Smith ... Elderly Woman

Tino Insana ... Smokey
Frank T. Hernandez ... Salesman
Frank Casado ... Salesman
Cyndi Lee Rice ... Stewardess
Lyle Alzado ... Man In Apartment
Deanna Oliver ... Woman In Apartment
Ira Miller ... Accountant
Robert Tarsitani ... Office Worker
Vera Webster ... Office Worker

Karen Leigh Hopkins ... Office Worker

Stephen Young ... Interior Decorator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Belushi ... Man on Bus (uncredited)
Larry R. McLean ... Businessman (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Flaherty 
Writing credits
Robert Conte (written by) &
Peter Wortmann (written by) (as Peter Martin Wortmann)

Produced by
John Candy .... executive producer
Les Kimber .... associate producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
George W. Perkins .... co-producer
Original Music by
Michel Colombier 
Cinematography by
Stephen M. Katz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Danford B. Greene 
Casting by
Susan Bluestein 
Production Design by
Trevor Williams 
Art Direction by
Stephen Geaghan 
Set Decoration by
Elizabeth Wilcox 
Costume Design by
Jerry R. Allen 
Marit Allen (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Susan Boyd .... hair stylist
Susan A. Cabral .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
Steve LaPorte .... makeup prosthetics
Dorothea Long .... hair stylist: Los Angeles (as Dorthea Long)
Jan Newman .... makeup artist
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup designer: John Candy
Beverly K. Sewers .... hair stylist: second unit (as Beverly Sewers)
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist: John Candy
Production Management
Leonard Bram .... unit production manager: Los Angeles
Les Kimber .... unit production manager
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rob Cowan .... first assistant director: second unit (as Robert Cowan)
Donald P.H. Eaton .... first assistant director: Los Angeles (as Donald P. H. Eaton)
Rodney Allen Hooks .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Eric Jones .... second assistant director: Los Angeles (as Eric P. Jones)
Jackie Jordan .... dgc trainee (as Jacqueline Alana Jordan)
Robert Olsen .... third assistant director (as Bob Olsen)
Curtis Petersen .... second unit director (as Curtis Peterson)
Michael Rosati .... second assistant director
Jim Rowe .... second assistant director: second unit
Tom Rowe .... first assistant director
Ephraim 'Red' Schaffer .... first assistant director: Los Angeles
Michael E. Steele .... first assistant director: second unit (as Michael Steele)
Art Department
Craig Binkley .... property master: Los Angeles (as W. Craig Binkley)
Gordon Brunner .... set dresser
Doug Carnegie .... set dresser (as Douglas Robert Carnegie)
Ken Chang .... construction coordinator (as Kenneth Chang)
Beverly Chysyk .... lead hand painter
Richard Cook .... assistant art director (as Richard S. Cook)
Richard Dinieri .... assistant property master: Los Angeles (as Richard Di Nieri)
Rhiley Fuller .... art director: Los Angeles
Jim Geddes .... lead carpenter
Kenneth H. Hawryliw .... assistant property master
Gail Irvine .... props: second unit
Della Mae Johnston .... assistant set decorator
Barry Kootchin .... head painter
David Lewis .... lead greensman (as David A. Lewis)
Guy A. MacLaury .... construction coordinator: Los Angeles (as Guy MacLaury)
Peter Mills .... set dresser
Len Morganti .... storyboard artist
Grant Swain .... property master
Max Matsuoka .... special props builder (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
David Bartlett .... sound editor
Norval D. Crutcher .... supervising sound editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... supervising sound editor
G.W. Davis .... sound editor (as G. W. Davis)
Tim Drury .... boom operator: Los Angeles
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Julie Hall .... foley editor
John Harling .... boom operator (as John L. Harling)
Rudy J. Lara .... sound transfer
John P. Mitchell .... cable man: Los Angeles (as John Mitchell)
Pat Mitchell .... sound mixer: Los Angeles (as Patrick Mitchell)
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Bob O'Brien .... sound assistant
Richard Patton .... sound mixer (as Rick Patton)
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Richardson .... foley editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (as Edward Steidele)
Jim Sumner .... sound apprentice
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... sound editor (as Don Warner)
Gordon Webb .... boom operator: Los Angeles
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer: Los Angeles (as Charles Wilborn)
Richard E. Yawn .... foley supervisor (as Richard Yawn)
Norval D. Crutcher III .... assistant sound (uncredited)
Meredith Gold .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Clifford .... special effects coordinator
Gene Grigg .... special effects supervisor (as Dewey Gene Grigg)
Fred Hunchuk .... special effects
Randy Shymkiw .... special effects
Paul Stewart .... special effects supervisor: Los Angeles
David Valentine .... special effects
Christine Anne Baur .... stunts (as Christine Baur)
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Bud Davis .... stunts
Tom Eirikson .... stunts
Bob Elmore .... stunts
Bill Ferguson .... stunt coordinator
Bill Ferguson .... stunts
Irene Ferguson .... stunts
Tom Glass .... stunts
Alex Green .... stunts
Dan Groseclose .... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
George Josef .... stunts
Ken Kirzinger .... stunts
Bennie Moore .... stunts (as Bennie Moore Jr.)
David Mylrea .... stunts
Frank Orsatti .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunt coordinator: Los Angeles
Chad Randall .... stunts
David Rigby .... stunts (as Dave Rigby)
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Ruben Dario Solis .... stunts
Bill Stewart .... stunts
Dawn Stofer-Rupp .... stunts (as Dawn Stouffer)
Betty Thomas Quee .... stunts (as Betty Thomas)
Steve Vandeman .... stunts
Danny Virtue .... stunts
Mike Vézina .... stunts (as Mike Fezina)
Tommy Wolski .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Kevin J. Andruschak .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Allen .... dolly grip (as Richard Allen)
Tim Atkins .... rigging gaffer
William H. Battersby Jr. .... camera operator: Los Angeles
Mike Benson .... camera operator: Los Angeles
Kevin Black .... best boy grip
Ron Bowen .... rigging grip
Dillard Brinson .... key grip (as John Dillard Brinson)
Jim Carne .... lamp operator: Los Angeles (as James W. Carne)
Richard J. Cartwright .... still photographer: Los Angeles
John Clothier .... camera operator: second unit
Anita Eglseder .... second assistant camera
Claude Fullerton .... best boy grip: Los Angeles
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer
Wayne Johnson .... grip: Los Angeles
John Douglas Kenny .... special photographer
Michael Liakos .... grip: Los Angeles (as Mike Liakos)
Cameron MacDonald .... camera operator (as Cam MacDonald)
Duncan MacGregor .... gaffer (as Duncan J. MacGregor)
Melton Maxwell .... gaffer: Los Angeles (as Mel Maxwell)
Kelly Moore .... electrical best boy
Cam North .... camera trainee
Rod Parkhurst .... camera operator: second unit
Curtis Petersen .... director of photography: second unit (as Curtis Peterson)
Bernard Pornin .... grip
Ron Precious .... first assistant camera (as Ronald J. Precious)
Kevin Presley .... electrical best boy: Los Angeles
John T. Ramsey .... key grip: Los Angeles
Scott Andrew Ressler .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Scott A. Ressler)
Gerald Rhodes .... gaffer: Los Angeles (as Gerald A. Rhodes)
Chuck Sharp .... electrical best boy: Los Angeles
Jane Smither .... camera trainee
Tim Staubs .... best boy grip: Los Angeles
Jeff Upton .... lamp operator
Amy Vincent .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Peter Wagner .... key grip: Los Angeles
Richard Walden .... camera operator: Los Angeles (as Richard S. Walden)
Kosto Zeviar .... generator operator
Tim Heller .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Curtis Petersen .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Timothy Robin Spencer .... camera assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sandra Couldwell .... extras casting
Sandy Holt .... voice casting
Mimi Maynard .... voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharon Day .... additional costume designer: John Candy, Los Angeles (as Sharon Day-Nye)
Debbie Douglas .... costume supervisor (as Deborah Douglas)
Patricia Galbraith .... costumer
David Lisle .... costumer
Don Phillipini .... costume supervisor: Los Angeles
Silvio Scarano .... costumer: John Candy
Editorial Department
Cheryl Buckman .... assistant editor
Scott Conrad .... additional editor
Curtis Edge .... apprentice editor
Patricia A. Galvin .... assistant editor
Jonathan Greene .... post-production assistant
Hilarie Roope .... first assistant editor
Scott Summersgill .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Michel Colombier .... orchestrator
Randy Kerber .... orchestrator
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Frank Wolf .... music mixer
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Brian Boyer .... driver (as Brian R. Boyer)
Janis Boyer .... driver
Barry Chapman .... driver
Kelly Cramb .... driver (as Kelly B. Cramb)
Felix Fanzega .... driver (as Larry 'Felix' Fanzega)
Peter M. Hall .... driver
Glenn J. Harrison-Jones .... driver
Carl E. Hodge .... transportation captain: Los Angeles
Peter Huff .... driver
Greg Lawrence .... driver
Carol McDonald .... driver
Rory Moffatt .... transportation captain (as Rory A. Moffatt)
Red Murphy .... driver
Don Newton .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles (as Don R. Newton)
Phil Parker .... transportation co-captain
James Perenseff .... driver (as James J. Perenseff)
Ed Robertson .... driver
Robert Steeves .... driver
Chris Summerell .... driver: Shotmaker Elite
Ian 'Moss' Urquhart .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Ted Bauman .... location manager
Greg Beaton .... production assistant
Gabby Berkovics .... craft service: second unit
Lynne Bespflug .... production coordinator
Stewart Bethune .... location manager: second unit
Lyn Butler .... assistant: Mr. Milchan
Susan Carney .... production assistant
Carol T. Carr .... assistant: Mr. Milchan
Don Cheng .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Rosemary Chiaverini .... assistant: Mr. Candy
Barbara Chomos .... assistant publicist: Canada
Kendrie Cutler .... production assistant: second unit (as Kendrie D. Cutler)
Danielle de Smit .... script supervisor: second unit
Mary Flaherty-Francis .... assistant: Mr. Flaherty
Gisele Fredette .... craft service (as Giselle Fredette)
Gisele Fredette .... first aid (as Giselle Fredette)
Frank T. Hernandez .... personal assistant: Mr. Candy
Derek Hurst .... production assistant
Don Immerman .... first aid: Los Angeles
Greg Jackson .... production assistant: second unit
Susan King .... accounts clerk
Graeme Kingston .... stand-in
Kathleen Lawrence .... production coordinator: Los Angeles (as Kathleen A. Lawrence)
Rhonda Legge .... production assistant: second unit
Kenneth Mancebo .... production accountant: Los Angeles (as Kenneth I. Mancebo)
Alexia Baum McCallin .... assistant: Mr. Perkins (as Alexandra Baum-McCallin)
Wendy O'Neill .... assistant accountant
Jane Perry .... assistant: Mr. Candy
Kate Peterson .... assistant production coordinator (as Kate Petersen)
Paige Purdy .... production assistant: second unit
Cliff T.E. Roseman .... location manager: Los Angeles (as Clifford Roseman)
Richard Rosenberg .... location manager: Los Angeles (as Richard S. Rosenberg)
Kathryn A. Sentenne-Bloome .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Jennifer Spenelli .... production assistant (as Jennifer Mangan)
Lauren Beth Strogoff .... unit publicist
Douy Swofford .... title designer: main titles
Patricia Thompson .... craft service: Los Angeles
Joyce Webb .... script supervisor: Los Angeles
Christina Welk .... production assistant
Christine Wilson .... script supervisor
Elizabeth Yanoska .... production accountant
Scott D. Yanoska .... computer operator (as Scott Yanoska)
Crew believed to be complete

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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-8 | France:U | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | Sweden:11 | UK:PG (cut) | UK:12 (uncut version) | USA:PG-13 (No. 29425) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Cameo: [James Belushi]Uncredited, as a man on a bus.See more »
Continuity: When Harry Crumb is undercover as the vice president of quality control at the spa, he smells the mud and gets some on his nose. A few seconds later, the mud is gone and his nose is clean.See more »
Harry Crumb:[Harry and Nikki are having a heart-to-heart conversation, while out on a drive] You know Nikki, you and I are a lot alike. We're both travelling through life...
[He presses the break pedal and nothing happens]
Harry Crumb:... IN A CAR WITH NO BREAKS!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »
I Got You BabeSee more »


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All right, some may say this is so low brow its off the face, but I laughed and laughed, 11 August 2011
Author: Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio

Eliot (Jeffrey Jones) runs an esteemed detective agency for the Crumb family. The founding Crumbs were exceedingly talented but the present heir and gumshoe, Harry (John Candy) is a bumbling stooge. Therefore, when Eliot arranges a kidnapping of a rich man's daughter, so he and the girl's stepmother (Annie Potts) can run off and get married with money, he makes a suggestion to the gal's wealthy father (Barry Corbin). He, Eliot, will put his BEST detective on the case, namely Harry, and the crime will be solved....NOT. What Eliot doesn't count on is that stepmommy is stringing three men along and, that when Harry teams up with the kidnapped lass' sister, the former bungler may solve the napping. How will it end? All right, some fans may say this is Candy's worst couple of hours and that the film doesn't work. Yes, its a weaker version of The Naked Gun and other such flicks but Candy is a great comedian. So, watching him whip out a bunch of stupid disguises and have a series of physical mishaps, to me, is quite amusing. I laughed and laughed even as I groaned. Jones, Potts, Corbin, and all of the other cast members do "cute" work, too. The setting, costumes, low-brow script and lively direction make a film that is definitely worth watching, especially when one is in the doldrums. The question is not Who's Harry Crumb but where can I get this funny film tonight?

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