Who's Harry Crumb?


Who's Harry Crumb?

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John Candy's popularity from his appearances on the Canadian television series Second City TV did not translate into film success until he made the John Hughes comedy Uncle Buck. Who's Harry Crumb? was released just before the more well-known film, and some SCTV regulars make cameo appearances. In this farcical comedy, Candy plays bumbling Harry Crumb, scion of a family of great detectives, who works as a trainee in the agency his legendary grandparents founded. His slimey boss Eliot Draisen (Jeffrey Jones) assigns the inept young detective to find the kidnapped daughter of a multi-millionaire. The plot twist is that Draisen doesn't want the kidnappers found, for reasons of his own. While Crumb blithely bumbles along through various mishaps, Draisen tries to put the moves on the millionaire's wife (Annie Potts). Fans of Candy will probably enjoy this film, which he dominates with his comedic talents and (literally) large presence.

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John Candy
as Harry Crumb
Jeffrey Jones
as Eliot Draisen
Annie Potts
as Helen Downing
Tim Thomerson
as Vince Barnes
Barry Corbin
as P.J. Downing
Shawnee Smith
as Nikki Downing
Valri Bromfield
as Det. Casey
Renée Coleman
as Jennifer Downing
Wesley Mann
as Tim the Butler
Joe Flaherty
as Doorman
Fiona Roeske
as Crumb Receptionist
Michele Goodger
as Mrs. MacIntyre
Peter Yunker
as Jeffrey Brandt
Brenda Crichlow
as Suki's Salon Receptionist
Garwin Sanford
as Dennis Kimball
Michelle Goodger
as Mrs. MacIntyre
Rob Morton
as Airport Cop
Marcel Maillard
as Chauffeur
Lesley Ewen
as Airport X-Ray Guard
Manny Perry
as Cop in Car
Daliah Bache
as TV Woman
Eve Smith
as Elderly Woman
Cyndi Lee Rice
as Stewardess
Lyle Alzado
as Man in Apartment
Deanna Oliver
as Woman in Apartment
Ira Miller
as Accountant
Stephen Young
as Interior Decorator
Frank Casado
as Salesman
Karen Leigh Hopkins
as Office Worker
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Critic Reviews for Who's Harry Crumb?

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Audience Reviews for Who's Harry Crumb?

  • Jan 16, 2013
    One of John Candy's best films, Who's Harry Crumb? is a classic '80s comedy that's outrageously hilarious and tons of fun. Candy stars as Harry Crumb, a bumbling private detective, who's hired to solve the kidnapping of famed model Jennifer Downing. The supporting cast includes Shawnee Smith, Annie Potts, and Jeffrey Jones, who all deliver great performances; especially Smith, who has good chemistry with Candy playing his aspiring assistant. And while the film is mired in tropes, John Candy's charisma elevates the material. Who's Harry Crumb? is an irresistible comedy and a smart satire of the detective genre.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2011
    The ever lovable John Candy manages to make you smile throughout this film despite it being somewhat childish with some pretty lame predictable visual gags. A simple plot involving an inept private eye trying to uncover a kidnapping and inadvertently succeeding through his own blundering, a slight copy of 'The Pink Panther' methinks but its a fun little farce giving Candy the oppertunity to try many character disguises....think 'Fletch'. Its all very silly yet likeable as Candy uses his girth in all manner of ways to make you chuckle, classic 80's actor Jeff Jones is the perfect dastardly foil to Candy with Tim Thomerson in an unusual role as a slightly useless badguy henchman. Overall you are lead through a nice array of amusing sequences which are fun, I won't lie and say they are great and hilarious simply because Candy is the star ergo they must be great as that isn't the case, if this film had been made today it would probably be long forgotten very very quickly but that also does testify to the skill and charm of Candy. Not his best film but its up there in the top five.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2011
    Who's Harry Crumb? Well, it's a fun guy, but you really don't want see him. You know what i meen?
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    One of Candy's funniest performances for me. Plus, the rest of the cast is perfect. The story is a bit predictable, but it's highly enjoyable, and I recommend this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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