Harry Decker/Harry Wolfe
Created by Peter Lauterman
A down-on-his-luck dick and his faithful Indian companion. Only in Canada, eh?
In Harry's Case, a CBC made-for-TV flick (and possible pilot?), a former big shot Bay Street lawyer HARRY DECKER (or is it WOLFE?) tries to eke out a living as an unregistered private investigator in Toronto. Obsessed with his disbarrment (for allegedly paying off a witness) and his subsequent fall from grace a few years earlier, Harry clings to the hope that one day he'll prove he was set up by his former law partners. But in the meantime, he's renting a room in a seedy downtown hotel, drinking too much and stumbling toward a divorce.
Harry teams up with Adam Fiddler, a young Native Canadian who has come to Toronto to look for his missing sister, who disappeared two years before that while searching for her father.
This one looked promising, given the success of the CBC's similarly gritty DaVinci's Inquest, and that the whole thing was directed by award-winning, Gemini-nominated director Stephen Williams, who did Hard Times: The David Milgaard Story (ask a Canadian). But it was actually less than the sum of its parts, with perhaps the biggest mystery being whether the main character's last name is Decker or Wolfe (online it's listed as either).
Passable, but far from poignant. Nonetheless, hope springs eternal.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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