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Who’s Harry Crumb:           Retro VHS Style

                  review by Bobby Blakey

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During the 80s John Candy was bringing the laughs with a string of great comedies including Uncle Buck, Spaceballs, Volunteers, and so many more. One of those was the 1989 Paul Flaherty directed film Who’s Harry Crumb co-starring Jeffrey Jones, Annie Potts, Tim Thomerson, Shawnie Smith, and Barry Corbin. Now fans of this comedy classic can bring it home to Blu-ray in an all-new retro VHS style packaging.

Who’s Harry Crumb follows Harry Crumb, 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. Not long ago I rewatched Planes, Trains and Automobiles thanks to its 30th Anniversary release and was reminded how much I miss the great John Candy. Not only did I see this one in theaters much like many others, I remember seeing it with my best friend specifically and throughout the years we have constantly mentioned the film and changed the title up for our own amusement. That being said I realized as I sat down to rewatch it that I do not think I had actually seen it for over 10 years.

This is one of those movies that holds a special place in the memory of my youth and thankfully is just as funny as I remember. Of course it is amazingly dumb and screams all things 80s, but that is what makes it all the better. John Candy is hilarious and this was one of the first films that he got to shine as the lead and lets him cut lose with hilarious results. Is it a comedy masterpiece? Not quite, but it is a great step in a career to an iconic funny man who left us too soon.

This release doesn’t offer up any bonus content, but this fun new packaging along with the 80s awesomeness of it all make it one worth picking up. If you are a John Candy fan then this is a must have for any comedy collection. If you are not a fan then you are wrong.

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