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'Who's Harry Crumb? - Retro VHS Look'
(John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Annie Potts, Shawnee Smith, Tim Thomerson, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / (1989) 2018 / Mill Creek Entertainment)

Overview: 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.

Blu-ray Verdict: When people talk of John Candy, it's always see 'Uncle Buck' or 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'. Well I've seen both and as much as they are both comedy classics (for sure), 'Harry Crumb' is, by far, funnier.

John Candy plays a bumbling detective called Harry Crumb, who comes from a long line of former Crumbs who were great detectives. The only problem is, Harry Crumb doesn't have the brains the former Crumbs had and so ensues the endless errors of the hapless Crumb in his determination to find the kidnappers.

Having to stand alone from, again, by far, the greatest bumbling detective films ever, The Pink Panther series (where Peter Sellers still stands atop), was always going to be a hard task, but I think Candy makes a good tongue in cheek stab at it here.

The humor is one you know you shouldn't be laughing at, but you find yourself laughing anyhow! Overall, 'Who's Harry Crumb?' has a certain appeal about it that makes you feel sorry for Crumb and always has you wishing throughout that he solves the case.

In closing, while some have dismissed the movie due to the slapstick nature of most of the gags, it is how Candy handles himself in these moments rather than the physical humor itself which generates the most laughs. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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