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Who’s Harry Crumb?

Foolishness in the right hands can be sublimely funny, and combo of star John Candy and director Paul Flaherty (former SCTV cohorts) puts the perfect spin on Who's Harry Crumb?, a Naked Gun-style farce about a bumbling private eye who succeeds in spite of himself.

With:
John Candy Jeffrey Jones Annie Potts Tim Thomerson Barry Corbin Shawnee Smith

Foolishness in the right hands can be sublimely funny, and combo of star John Candy and director Paul Flaherty (former SCTV cohorts) puts the perfect spin on Who’s Harry Crumb?, a Naked Gun-style farce about a bumbling private eye who succeeds in spite of himself.

Candy plays Crumb, a complete idiot who’s related by birth to a line of crack detectives and finally gets assigned to a lucrative kidnapping case – but only because his beady-eyed boss (Jeffrey Jones), who’s the kidnapper, doesn’t want it solved.

At stake is Jones’ lust for the golddigging newlywed wife (maliciously and deliciously played by Annie Potts) of a benign, trusting multimillionaire (Barry Corbin). The plot is to get $10 million ransom for the return of Corbin’s slinky daughter (Renee Coleman), and use the riches to pry Potts away from her main meal-ticket.

Candy seems to have picked up some tricks from Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin (both former costars) that he applies to good effect to achieve the attitude of a winning but moronic wiseguy in this pic. Director Flaherty peppers the action with goofy business.

Who's Harry Crumb?

Production: Tri-Star/NBC/Frostbacks. Director Paul Flaherty; Producer Arnon Milchan; Screenplay Robert Conte, Peter Martin Wortmann; Camera Stephen M. Katz; Editor Danford B. Greene; Music Michel Colombier; Art Director Trevor Williams

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: John Candy Jeffrey Jones Annie Potts Tim Thomerson Barry Corbin Shawnee Smith

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