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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Crumb
... Eliot Draisen
... Helen Downing
... Vince Barnes
... P.J. Downing
... Nikki Downing
... Detective Casey
Doug Steckler ... Dwayne
... Jennifer Downing (as Renee Coleman)
... Tim
... Marie
... Doorman
Fiona Roeske ... Crumb Receptionist
Lori O'Byrne ... Karen
... Mrs. MacIntyre (as Michelle Goodger)
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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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Nerves of steel. Body of iron. Brain of stone.

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Comedy | Mystery

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3 February 1989 (USA)  »

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$10,982,364
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Trivia

According to Allmovie, the picture in the USA was "released just before the more well-known film" of John Candy's Uncle Buck (1989). See more »

Goofs

During the car chase, just after Harry's car breaks free, camera mounting equipment is visible on the driver's side of Vince and Helen's car. See more »

Quotes

Harry Crumb: [impersonating a Hungarian hairdresser] I am Djour Djilios.
Suki's Salon Receptionist: Could you spell that please?
Harry Crumb: I don't think so. Try it with a "D".
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Connections

Spoofed in Family Guy: Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington (2001) 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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All right, some may say this is so low brow its off the face, but I laughed and laughed
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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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