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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 »

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mais qui est Harry Crumb? See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$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

The ransom in the movie is for $10,000,000. Adjusting for inflation this would be a little over $19,000,000 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

When Harry first eyes the paper shredder in his new office, the collection bag is empty. After feeding a small card into the machine, and getting his necktie caught in it, the bag is suddenly full of paper scraps. See more »

Quotes

Harry Crumb: My reputation precedes me. Otherwise I'd be late for all my appointments.
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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

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) 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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very fun late 80's comedy classic
22 November 2018 | by tdrishSee all my reviews

It's John Candy as the lead, so you can probably take this for what it is, and know what you're getting, and NOT getting. With that in mind, I think you'll be fine. This 1989 silly comedy doesn't take itself seriously, and it's not meant to. You're either going to laugh your buttocks off, or you're going to roll your eyes and say "This is stupid." There's really no in between for Who's Harry Crumb. John Candy plays the role of a bumbling detective, Harry Crumb, who is the last of a long generation of intelligent, successful detectives. So Harry will come out smelling like roses, right? Not neccesarily. Crumb wasn't fortunate with the ways of the previous dicks, so he is reduced to the lowest on the totem pole in the rankings of detectives. That's gumshoe. However, despite his short comings, his quirks become his strengths, and he is quickly finding himself immersed in a scheme....that involves him! It seems he's being set up by the same guy who hired him, and using him to complete his unbelievable plan. The case is about as paper thin as you can get, in fact, if you take all the funny content, not to mention, all the non-sense out of the picture, and this movie would only be 15 minutes long. However, the funny content and the non-sense is the meat and potatoes, not the fat, of Who's Harry Crumb. If this is not a funny movie, then it is a fun movie, pre-Ace Ventura style. If you know who Candy is, then you have an idea of what this is. If you liked his character in Uncle Buck, I have strong faith you'll dig this treat. ( The spying from the overhead fan scene was priceless!)


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