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. Heart of gold. Brain of stone. Don't we all have our faults? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Although the film is set in Los Angeles, it was filmed in Vancouver, Canada. Palm trees were imported for some shots. See more »

Goofs

As Harry falls out of the vent and onto the apartment manager, knocking him out, the side of the apartment manager's face is different, meaning a stunt double was used. See more »

Quotes

Eliot Draison: [Harry is showing Elliot photographic evidence of Hellen Downing having an affair. However, Harry is not aware that the man in the photos is Elliot himself, not the apartment's owner, Vince Barnes, who is also a lover of Hellen's. The photos clearly show Elliot's face, and Elliot is amused by Harry's ignorance] You haven't looked at these have you?
Harry Crumb: No. I was there!
[Both men laugh]
Harry Crumb: You'd think an athletic guy like Vince Barnes would have a big dingus
[...]
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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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Soundtracks

I Got You (I Feel Good)
Written by James Brown
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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Ho riso per 3 giorni
17 June 1999 | by federico-3See all my reviews

I really love this movie.I've really enjoyed the scene of the car rental and the one when they show him the poster of the kidnapped and he reply "With such a big head I'll find her easily". I'm very sorry because I can't explain better my comments about the movie anyway if you want write to me and we can comment this movie or what is happening in Italy.Bye


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Country:

USA

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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