John Candy's popularity from his appearances on the Canadian television series Second City TV did not translate into film success until he made the John Hughes comedy Uncle Buck. Who's Harry Crumb? was released just before the more well-known film, and some SCTV regulars make cameo appearances. In this farcical comedy, Candy plays bumbling Harry Crumb, scion of a family of great detectives, who works as a trainee in the agency his legendary grandparents founded. His slimey boss Eliot Draisen (Jeffrey Jones) assigns the inept young detective to find the kidnapped daughter of a multi-millionaire. The plot twist is that Draisen doesn't want the kidnappers found, for reasons of his own. While Crumb blithely bumbles along through various mishaps, Draisen tries to put the moves on the millionaire's wife (Annie Potts). Fans of Candy will probably enjoy this film, which he dominates with his comedic talents and (literally) large presence. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
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Was hoping for something along the lines of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" but was very disappointed by this effort. Laughs are few and far between. I am usually a John Candy fan, but I would recommend to others out there to give this film a miss.
Boy, I loved this movie when I was a kid in the eighties. But it really sucks after watching this time around. He is trying to be a little bit of a Fletch type character with all the costumes but not near as funny as Fletch.