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Merry Christmas little fella, we know that you're in there, and that you're all alone!
~ Harry

Harry Lime and Marvin "Marv" Merchants, also known as The Wet Bandits, and later the Sticky Bandits, or simply known as Harry and Marv, are the main antagonists of the 1990 American theatrical Christmas action comedy film by 20th Century Fox, Home Alone, and its 1992 sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

They are a villainous duo of incompetent burglars who target rich/renovated houses, and later a store called Duncan's Toy Chest. Harry is the leader, and Marv is the follower, or else, the comic relief.

Marv later returns without Harry as the secondary antagonist with his mother Molly and new girlfriend Vera of Home Alone's 2002 first direct-to-video sequel Home Alone 4: Taking Back The House. He was played by French Stewart, who also portrayed Richard Stahl.

Harry is played by Joe Pesci (who also portrayed Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas and Nicky Santoro in Casino), and Marv is played by Daniel Stern. They are always seen together like Abbot & Morley and Horace and Jasper.

Personalities

Harry and Marv aka The Wet/Sticky Bandits are the main villains in the Home Alone series. They are robbers who rob money and cash, but are also very bad at their job as they are continually defeated by the child hero of the films known as Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) - who would proceed to cause all manner of cartoon-like injury to the hapless criminals in defense of his home (at least in the first movie), the two robbers were still amazingly determined though and kept on trying to break into the house and capture Kevin but simply continued to be defeated in a string of slapstick-inspired pranks and traps. However, they soon prove to be a very real and deadly threat to Kevin as they are always seen stupidly trying with everything in their power to murder Kevin instead of simply trying to escape. This always proves to be their downfall.

Biography

Home Alone

Harry impersonating a police officer

Harry impersonating a police officer.

Marv smiling before being hit

Marv smiling before being shot on the forehead by Kevin.

In the first film, Harry and Marv hit upon the houses around the neighborhood that are unoccupied. Harry impersonates a police officer in order to learn which families are leaving for Christmas. Whilst robbing these houses, Marv tends to leave the water running and block the sinks, leading to the houses being flooded and the real law enforcement officers knowing they are which houses they've hit. Harry disagrees with the practice, calling it "sick", though Marv insists that they need a "calling card". However, the McCallister household, which Harry referred to as the "Silver Tuna", is the biggest property in the neighborhood, and their most anticipated target.

However, 8-year old child Kevin McCallister is home alone on Christmas Eve, having been accidentally left behind while the rest of his family went to Paris. Kevin manages to scare them off multiple times, but the two eventually discover that he's alone and they've been tricked the entire time. Despite Marv's protests of a child being alone, Harry still persists with the robbery. Kevin overhears Harry and Marv discussing plans for breaking into his home at night, and so as a response, he sets up various cartoon-like booby traps around the house. After Kevin shoots the both of them with a BB gun through the cat flap (Harry in the crotch, and Marv in the face when he peeps his head through), they seperately attempt to enter the house and get to him, falling into the traps Kevin planned out for them and suffering various comedic injuries. Eventually, they manage to capture Kevin in one of the houses they've already broke into earlier, and decided to inflict the same injuries on him in retaliation, but before Harry can bite off Kevin's fingers, they end up being knocked out unconscious with a snow shovel by Kevin's neighbor, Old Man Marley, whom Kevin had befriended earlier. Old Man Marley then takes Kevin back home safely while the police arrive and arrest  Harry and Marv. Harry glares at Kevin through the police car, and Kevin sarcastically smiles and waves as the Wet Bandits are driven away.

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

Harry and Marv return in the sequel, which takes place a year after the first film, breaking out of a prison in Chicago during a riot and traveling to New York City via fish truck. After Marv renames them 'The Sticky Bandits', they immediately begin seeking a new target to rob so that they can "get themselves a couple of phony passports, and hightail it to some foreign country,". They eventually decide to rop Duncan's Toy Chest, a successful toy shop that intends to donate it's earnings to a children's hospital.

As fate would have it, Kevin has also made his way to New York, having boarded the wrong flight while the rest of his family went to Florida for Christmas. Upon encountering him, Harry and Marv pursue the boy in order to exact revenge for their previous encounter, but later hide away inside the toy store to make sure it is left unoccupied by the staff and customers on the night of Christmas Eve, so that they can steal the money undetected. Eventually, Kevin sets off the alarm by throwing a brick in one of the store's windows after taking pictures of them robbing the store, and the bandits are forced to stupidly pursue Kevin with the money across New York only to end up falling into every one of Kevin's new traps that he set for them in his uncle Rob's (whose family is still in France from the previous film) renovated house (like he did in his house in the first movie).
Sticky Bandits

Harry and Marv capturing Kevin McCallister.

Eventually, they manage to capture Kevin again as he slips on some ice in the pavement after calling the police on a pay phone. Taking the chance to get their revenge against him, the bandits take him into Central Park and intend to shoot him dead with a Colt New Service Pistol gun, but not only is the gun jammed after the two were covered in varnish due Kevin's booby traps, a pigeon lady (whom Kevin has made friends with earlier, like Old Man Marley) throws bird seed on the bandits, prompting the pigeons to attack them. Kevin then takes the chance to light up fireworks in order to mark the bandits' positions to catch the attention of the arriving police. The burglars are covered in pigeons feathers, due to the varnish. As a result, the police got hold of the bandits and the evidence against them, such as their crimes of robbing the store and threatening to kill Kevin, and the bandits are sent back to prison.

Other Appearances

Marv and Vera

Marv and Vera.

The Wet/Sticky Bandits do not appear in the third film and the fifth films (which center around a two different kids and villains), but Marv would go on to appear in the fourth film this time as the main, later secondary antagonist. This time, instead of Harry (who is presumably still in jail), he is joined by his new girlfriend Vera (the secondary, later supporting antagonist) and his mother Molly (the true main antagonist), they plan to kidnap the Prince of the British Royal family and hold him for ransom. Marv explains that Harry's plans resulted in them being imprisoned twice, so Marv grew tired decided to serve ties with Harry.

However, Kevin ends up crossing paths with Marv again as his dad, who divorced with his wife, is dating a rich woman named Natalie, whom the Royal family are due to visit. Marv ends up arrested again at the end of the film along with his girlfriend and mother. The three are then taken into custody.

This time around, Marv is played by French Stewart, Molly is played by Barbara Babcook, and Vera is played by Missi Pyle.

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Trivia

  • In Home Alone 4, Marv's appearance (besides from a different actor) resembles closely of that to Harry, with a similar hat and clothing.
  • Daniel Stern, who played Marv in the first two films, was approached to reprise the role of Marv in Home Alone 4, but he turned it down, calling it "an insult, total garbage.". On the other hand, Joe Pesci wasn't approached to reprise his role as Harry. Instead, Harry's name is only mentioned.
  • It is shown in the second movie that Marv is Jewish, since he declared 'Happy Hanukkah' to himself as he robbed Duncan's Toy Chest. His actor, Daniel Stern, is Jewish in real life.
  • The 1995 film Bushwhacked (which stars Daniel Stern) was originally going to be a spin-off of Home Alone in which Marv was to reform only to get set up for a crime he that didn't commit.
  • On December 24, 2015, Daniel Stern posted a video on his Facebook and YouTube channel, reprising his role as an older Marv pleading for Harry to help him as Kevin is back and targeting all home invaders in a sadistic manner, recalling their injures when they fell for Kevin's booby traps. Marv then hears someone approaching and the video cuts to black as the sound clip of Marv screaming when Kevin put the tarantula on his face from Home Alone is heard. The video itself is a response to the DRYVRS episode that featured Macaulay Culkin reprising his role as an older Kevin and torturing a home invader (which, in actuality, was a carjacker.)
  • Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci were somewhat enemies in real life. During filming of the first Home Alone, Pesci accidently bit Culkin after getting too serious with his role, leaving a permanent scar. Culkin angrily berated Pesci, saying "I don't care how many OSCARS you have, or whatever - don't go biting a nine-year-old! What the heck's wrong with you!?".[1] It is also said that Pesci intentionally avoided Culkin on set in order to make him genuinely frightened by the sight of him. Their next altercation occurred on the set of Home Alone 2 when Culkin innocently (and jokingly) asked Pesci why he never smiled. Pesci told him to shut up. The feud between Culkin and Pesci may have inspired the first "The Joe Pesci Show" skit on Saturday Night Live (where Jim Breuer portrayed Pesci); the skit ended with Pesci hitting Culkin on the head with a paint can (a reference to a scene from Home Alone) and saying that he laughed when Culkin died in a scene from My Girl.
  • The Competent Robbers are minor villains from the Family Guy episode "Christmas Guy." They appear in the fictional movie Home Alone with Competent Robbers. Unlike the comedic and incompetent Harry and Marv, these robbers are deadly serious and good at their job, easily avoiding Kevin's traps and killing him, leaving no witnesses.
  • In the original screenplay for Home Alone, Harry and Marv were the secondary antagonists, having been hired by Kevin's cheapskate uncle Frank (played by Gerry Bamman in the film), who was jealous of his brother Peter's wealth, to rob Peter's and the other houses in the neighborhood and get Kevin.
  • Harry is the more violent, smart one of the two where as Marv's the more coward, stupid one.
  • The van that Marv and Vera drove in the fourth film is similar to that of the one that he and Harry drove in the first film.
  • Both of them can be described as superhuman in reality as most of Kevin's traps can deal damages that are great enough to paralyze them in one shot and even potentially kill them, especially the leverage trap in Home Alone 2 as Harry supposed to be died from the impact of falling on the top of a car from spine fracture or Marv should have died when Kevin electrocuted him with sink trap.