5.9/10
14,593
60 user 20 critic

Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Mystery | 3 February 1989 (USA)
Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
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)

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Delirious (1991)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A soap opera writer gets hit on the head and wakes up as a character in his own show.

Director: Tom Mankiewicz
Stars: John Candy, Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A fired cop and useless lawyer sign up as security guards and find they've joined a corrupt union.

Director: Mark L. Lester
Stars: John Candy, Meg Ryan, Eugene Levy
Summer Rental (1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An overworked air-traffic controller takes his family on a beach vacation but is soon beset by series of mishaps.

Director: Carl Reiner
Stars: John Candy, Richard Crenna, Rip Torn
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A Chicago cop must balance loyalty to his overbearing mother and a relationship with a shy funeral home worker.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: John Candy, Maureen O'Hara, Ally Sheedy
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

Director: Howard Deutch
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy
Uncle Buck (1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Bachelor and all-round slob Buck babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.

Director: John Hughes
Stars: John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Louisa Kelly
Hot to Trot (1988)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Fred P. Chaney receives as inheritance after the death of his mother a speaking horse that also has good knowledge about the stock-market. With the help of this horse Fred gains a lot at ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Dinner
Stars: Bobcat Goldthwait, Dabney Coleman, John Candy
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The U.S. President, low in the opinion polls, gets talked into raising his popularity by trying to start a cold war against Canada.

Director: Michael Moore
Stars: John Candy, Alan Alda, Rhea Perlman
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A businessman and his friends are captured by a sadistic judge and his equally odd family in the backwoods of a bizarre mansion.

Director: Dan Aykroyd
Stars: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A minor league baseball player has to spend thirty million dollars in thirty days, in order to inherit three hundred million dollars. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

Director: John Hughes
Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins
Volunteers (1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

1962, after Yale graduation, womanizing Lawrence flees a gambling debt that his rich dad won't pay. He takes his roomie's place as Peace Corps Volunteer in Thai Golden Triangle with 2 other PCVs. Will he survive 2 years?

Director: Nicholas Meyer
Stars: Tom Hanks, John Candy, Rita Wilson
Edit

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)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Nerves of steel. Body of iron. Brain of stone.

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mais qui est Harry Crumb? See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,862,719, 5 February 1989

Gross USA:

$10,982,364

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,982,364
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The picture was filmed during May, June and July 1988. See more »

Goofs

Right after Harry Crumb falls out of the air conditioning vent, his camera falls out. A reflection of human hands can be seen in the metal vent, dropping the camera. See more »

Quotes

Helen Downing: I hate being poor.
Vince Barnes: Agh... we've still got each other babe. - singing - They say our love won't pay the rent; before its earned our money's all been spent. I got you babe... woah, hey, now... I got you babe.
See more »

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.
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Family Guy: Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got You (I Feel Good)
Written by James Brown
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Easy to talk about!
10 September 2002 | by sincitybrantSee all my reviews

One of my favorite comedies, Who's Harry Crumb is the story of a bumbling private detective played by John Candy, who uses a number of disguises throughout the film. Jeffrey Jones is excellent as Elliot Dreisen. A relatively clean movie, the comedy revolves around Harry and his earnestness and naivete you could say. A lot of viewers will laugh at Harry, but I laugh with him as he tracks down the kidnappers - and find them he will! A number of good lines, interesting dialogue, funny disguises, and cool cameos. Plus this movie actually makes Annie Potts a believable sex object. A very easy 10 for me!


25 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 60 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed