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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

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

Goofs

While speaking with Mrs. MacIntyre, oranges fall from the tree in Harry's office. When the first one falls, it would appear that a crew member's hand briefly appears pushing the orange off the table, but watching the scene in slow motion/frame advance reveals that the "hand" is actually the leaves of the orange. See more »

Quotes

Mikki Downing: Look at her. Isn't she perfect?
Harry Crumb: Well, I wouldn't say perfect. I mean, look at the size of her head. She must be enormous.
[pause]
Harry Crumb: But easy to find.
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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

Spoofs Footloose (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got You Babe
Written by Sonny Bono
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He's the Lovable John Candy!
19 January 2011 | by raisleygordonSee all my reviews

To say that Harry Crumb is not your average detective would be an understatement. He's the sort a guy who doesn't really take anything seriously. Is this an ideal part for Candy? Of course. The film has many funny moments, and doesn't have a single character that's uninteresting. The movie might not always make sense, but it is never a boring one. And yes, it is predictable, which isn't necessarily a bad thing in a slapstick comedy. Shawnee Smith (from TV's 'Becker') isn't given much to do beyond assisting Candy. I do think the movie gets a little bogged down in trying to explain who the kidnapper actually is.

*** out of ****


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