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Who's Harry Crumb?
Who's Harry Crumb
Actors: John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Annie Potts, Tim Thomerson, Barry Corbin
Director: Paul Flaherty
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
PG-13     2000     1hr 38min

John Candy is Harry Crumb, the last in large family of private eyes. Unfortunately, big-hearted Harry's bumbling nature has led to his exile from the family for ten years while the family business was turned over to snakel...  more »


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Actors: John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Annie Potts, Tim Thomerson, Barry Corbin
Director: Paul Flaherty
Creators: John Candy, Stephen M. Katz, Danford B. Greene, Arnon Milchan, George W. Perkins, Peter Martin Wortmann, Robert Conte
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/07/2000
Original Release Date: 02/03/1989
Theatrical Release Date: 02/03/1989
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 9/4/2023...
I wanted to like this since I am a big fan of John Candy but it fell short after the first thirty minutes...
Reviewed on 2/4/2021...
Funny movie, staring a funny actor.
Worth watching for a few laughs.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Don D. (Donjay) from SAN DIEGO, CA
Reviewed on 4/15/2016...
If you are a John Candy fan you will love this movie. My teenagers even love this movie. If you want to laugh out loud watch it! This move goes in my top 50 greatest comedies of all time.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Rachel R.
Reviewed on 4/20/2011...
I John Candy

This movie was classic slap-sticky 1980's dress-up humor.

I'd recommend it if you like any of the following:

The '80's
John Candy
Putting your brain on auto-pilot for the evening
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Heather L. Parisi | St. Augustine, FL USA | 11/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)


John Candy plays bumbling Harry Crumb, the last survivor of a family of great detectives. This Crumb works in the agency his legendary grandfather founded, but he's been exiled to their "Greater Tulsa" office. Eliot Draisen (Jeffrey Jones) who somehow has become the Director of "Crumb and Crumb" assigns the inept Harry Crumb to find the kidnapped daughter of a multi-millionaire (played by the affable Barry Corbin from TV's "Northern Exposure"). There is a catch, however ... Draisen doesn't want the kidnappers found, for reasons of his own. While Crumb bumbles along through various mishaps (aided by his able assistant, Shawnee Smith) which are articulated via a series of ridiculously funny comedy skits, the kidnappers feel completely secure. In the meantime, Elliot Draisen tries to have his way with the millionaire's wife (Annie Potts), but does that have anything to do with the plot?


In "Who's Harry Crumb?", it's all in the execution. The series of vignettes that make up the heart of the film are John Candy at his best. He plays a series of "under-cover" impersonations that run the gamut from Middle Eastern Vice-President of operations to a blonde transvestite [in the epilogue]. The idea is that somehow, despite his penchant for being a complete idiot, he somehow catches the kidnappers, by accident. But -- not before breaking his boss's prize dinosaur eggs [literally] and everthing else that gets in his way. We can see what's happening, but it is the way that Crumb gets from point A to point B that makes this film entertaining and worth watching.


If being able to add English Subtitles and select scenes are features, then this DVD has features. It is, however, an excellent transfer in "Widescreen Format" and an obvious improvement over the VHS offering.


This is one of Candy's better efforts and he is largely a one-man band. His impersonations are all quite funny and truly ridiculous, especially the one where he plays Hungarian executive, DuJour Dioche. Here he goes from having excessive chest hair to having a beard in the wink of an eye. The skits alone make this a must-see for all and a must-have for any Candy fans.

This film was released in February of 1989 and grossed $11 million. He managed to make another 18 films before he died of a heart attack in his sleep on location of the film "Wagons East", in Durango, Mexico on March 4, 1994. He was 43."
Great movie for the collection
Heather L. Parisi | 03/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I was about seven or eight years old when I first saw This movie, but it was instantly my favorite. The only thing is that it's most physical comedy. Now that I'm older I realize that it's not his best movie, but it's still a great comedy classic."
Better than the critics say
Heather L. Parisi | 04/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Most critics gave this movie a bad review, but if you're a fan of John Candy, there's no reason not to like this movie. This is one of his better movies. It's about a kidnapping that John's charactor is hired to solve...or not. He's hired because his boss is actually the kidnapper (don't worry, there's no suprise twist or anything like that) so he hires Harry Crumb because apparently he doesn't expect him to solve the case. All fans of John Candy should get this movie. It has a decent supporting cast as well, such as Jeffrey Jones, Annie Potts, Shawnee Smith, Tim Thomerson, Joe Flahrety and a few no-names."