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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Shawnee Smith (Nikki) and Tim Thomerson (Vince) co-starred in Iron Eagle (1986). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

The British TV version included a scene near the end when John Candy is on top of a vehicle chasing after an aeroplane about to take off. The co-pilot looks out of the window, sees him and says, "What the fuck?!". This scene was not present in UK cinema and video releases which were cut to receive a PG rating, though the word was restored for the 12-rated 2008 Sony DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

On Your Side Tonight
Music by Michel Colombier
Lyrics by Kathy Wakefield
Produced by Michel Colombier
Performed by Richard Martin-Ross (as Richard Martin Ross)
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29 June 2010 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Throughout most of his career, John Candy starred in innocuously silly movies like "Who's Harry Crumb?". The whole thing seems like an excuse to just be goofy, with Candy as a bumbling detective hired to solve the kidnapping of an heiress. The shenanigans in which the family and its associates are engaging seem like they could be the plot on their own. But anyway, this is nice, brainless humor at its finest, especially the scene in the vent. Too bad that John Candy died so young. Pretty funny movie.

Also starring Jeffrey Jones, Annie Potts (Janine in "Ghostbusters"), Tim Thomerson (of "Trancers"), Barry Corbin and Shawnee Smith (of the "Saw" movies).


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