Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)


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In this comedy, bumbling private detective Harry Crumb (John Candy) is assigned to rescue the kidnapped daughter of an important client. As he attempts to locate the kidnappers, Crumb runs into all kinds of wacky mishaps.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Conte, Peter Martin Wortmann
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 7, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Harry Crumb

as Eliot Draisen

as Helen Downing

as Vince Barnes

as P.J. Downing

as Nikki Downing

as Det. Casey

as Jennifer Downing

as Tim the Butler

as Doorman

as Crumb Receptionist

as Mrs. MacIntyre

as Jeffrey Brandt

as Suki's Salon Recepti...

as Dennis Kimball

as Mrs. MacIntyre

as Airport Cop

as Chauffeur

as Airport X-Ray Guard

as Cop in Car

as TV Woman

as Elderly Woman

as Stewardess

as Man in Apartment

as Woman in Apartment

as Accountant

as Interior Decorator

as Salesman

as Office Worker

as Airport X-Ray Guard
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Critic Reviews for Who's Harry Crumb?

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

An outlandishly fluffy whodunnit farce that generates its inspired nuttiness from the likable John Candy.

January 20, 2006

Love the late, great John Candy? Me too. Let's honor the funnyman by never seeing this movie again.

Full Review… | January 15, 2003

Audience Reviews for Who's Harry Crumb?

Bit of 80's stupidity. Sometimes that's just the thing...

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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 Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Who's Harry Crumb? Well, it's a fun guy, but you really don't want see him. You know what i meen?

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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