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Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, 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.

Director:

Paul Flaherty

Writers:

Robert Conte, Peter Wortmann (as Peter Martin Wortmann)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Doug Steckler ... Dwayne
Renée Coleman ... Jennifer Downing (as Renee Coleman)
Wesley Mann ... Tim
Tamsin Kelsey ... Marie
Joe Flaherty ... Doorman
Fiona Roeske Fiona Roeske ... Crumb Receptionist
Lori O'Byrne Lori O'Byrne ... Karen
Michele Goodger ... Mrs. MacIntyre (as Michelle Goodger)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who's Harry Crumb? See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,862,719, 5 February 1989

Gross USA:

$10,982,364

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,982,364
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is John Candy's Fletch: playing a clumsy, endearing title character investigating (one a reporter, the other a private eye) a rich family's problem, and using various disguises along the way. Even the soundtrack is similar. See more »

Goofs

When Detective Casey begins following the ransom money, camera and crew are reflected in the vehicle windows as he drives away. 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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Alternate Versions

The U.S. TV network version has several scenes added some of which include:
  • Additional dialogue between Harry Crumb and the man on the bus played by James Belushi.
  • The scene where Harry Crumb meets Nikki is extended to Nikki calling out to and introducing the lazy butler Tim where she tells Crumb that Tim is actually her second cousin.
  • A long scene of Harry Crumb talking to Helen Downing in the wine celler before the dinner scene which ends when Crumb acidently sets off a skeet shooting machine and destroys the wine racks and flooding the basement with ankle-deep red wine.
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Connections

Spoofed in Family Guy: Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Big Fun (Harry Crumb)
Written by Jon Lind, Phil Galdston and David Was
Produced by Don Was, Jon Lind and Phil Galdston
Performed by The Temptations
Courtesy of Motown Records
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The Lovable John Candy!
15 January 2014 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

'Who's Harry Crumb' rests on the shoulders of the brilliant John Candy. The late comedy legend rules the show, with a lovable, hilarious performance, that appeals entirely.

'Who's Harry Crumb' Synopsis: 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.

'Who's Harry Crumb' is funny in parts. Some jokes are silly, some laugh-out-loud funny & some are pretty lame. But, in totality, the humor works for its targeted audience - the kids & the kids at heart. Its a passable one-time watch.

The Screenplay is flawed, but some memorable moments do the trick. Paul Flaherty's Direction is decent. Cinematography is standard. Editing & Art Design are okay.

Performance-Wise: Its John Candy all the way. As Harry Crumb, the late comedy legend doesn't miss a beat & delivers in every sequence. He's the soul of the film. Amongst the supporting cast, Jeffrey Jones is terrific.

On the whole, 'Who's Harry Crumb' is a must for John Candy Fans.


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