Who’s Harry Crumb
Release year: 1989
Director: Paul Flaherty
Screenwriters: Robert Conte, Peter Wortmann
Starring: John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Annie Potts, Tim Thomerson, Barry Corbin, Shawnee Smith, Valri Bromfield, Renée Coleman
When rich girl Jennifer (Coleman) is kidnapped, her father (Corbin) contacts Eliot Draisen (Jones) from acclaimed detective agency Crumb & Crumb. Draisen puts the last descendant of the company’s founder, Harry Crumb (Candy), on the case. But Crumb is known for his incompetence and the question is, why doesn’t Draisen seem to want the case solved?
The role of Harry Crumb was the one who took Candy (Planes, Trains and Automobiles, 1987) from sidekick to main star, the same year as he made his perhaps biggest hit, Uncle Buck (1989). The movie is a mixture of good-hearted humour, slap-stick jokes and laugh-out-loud moments and while some of them may miss occasionally, Candy never misses a beat but delivers every time in the lovable way that made him one of the most loved comedians of the decade. The concept of a dumb character succeeding against all odds is an often tried and tested formula and the reason it works so well here is without doubt Candy. Not that the rest of the cast doesn’t do a great job. Potts (Ghostbusters, 1984) is a delight as the gold digging Mrs. Downing, Smith (Saw, 2004) good as Crumb’s sidekick and Jones (Howard the Duck, 1986) as entertaining as always, but they all must live with Candy stealing the show. A great comedy and a must for any fan of the late, great comedian.
Although the film is set in Los Angeles, it was filmed in Vancouver. Palm trees were imported to be used in certain shots to emulate California scenery.
Picture copyrights: Sony Pictures