John Candy plays hopeless private eye Harry Crumb who is hired to find the kidnapped daughter of a multi-millionaire. He's only been given the job because his corrupt boss is in league with the kidnappers and is sure that Harry Crumb will fail. But Harry may prove that he isn't altogether stupid and that luck is on his side.
John Candy is bigger, better and more bumbling than ever as the hilarious Harry Crumb--a big-hearted, soft-headed private eye and mix-up master of disuise. When Harry, the last of the great sleuthing Crumbs--and the last person in the firm to ever get an assignment--finally gets a shot at a frontpage kidnapping, it's only because his beady-eyed boss, Eliot Draisen (Jeffrey Jones), doesn't wantthe case solved. At stake is the gorgeous daughter of multi-millionaire P.J. Downing, a $10 million ransom, and Eliot's mistress (Annie Potts). Attired in a bizarre array of goofball disguises, from a Hungarian hairdresser to a hefty housewife, Harry is bound, gagged and determined to crack the case and prove that when it comes to crime, he is one Crumb that won't be swept under the carpet.