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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In the 1860's Wild West, when a ragged bunch of misfit settlers decide they cannot stand living in their current situation, they hire a grizzled cowboy to take them on a journey back to their hometowns east.
Despite the police's preemptive strike, the illegal coast-to-coast car race is still on with new drivers. It's a race where fair play, red lights, stop signs, police roadblocks and traffic rules in general have no validity.
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
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Although the film is set in Los Angeles, it was filmed in Vancouver, Canada. Palm trees were imported for some shots. See more »
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 »
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.
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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