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.