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The Busy Body (1967)

Sid Caesar stars as the bumbling right hand man of mob boss Robert Ryan who is sent to find a corpse buried in a suit lined with stolen mob money.

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Sid Caesar plays a bumbling gopher to mob boss Robert Ryan who discovers a large theft of mob money. His bookkeeper is killed shortly before he can reveal the thief. When the discovery is made, Ryan suspects Caesar as the culprit, and probable murderer of the bookkeeper. Caesar spends the rest of the movie trying to find the real killer and a corpse buried in a suit lined with the stolen money. Written by alfiehitchie

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Richard Pryor's first film. See more »

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Lyrics by Edward Heyman
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Flat and not all that funny...and with a bizarre mostly B-list (or C-list) cast.
11 October 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I had REALLY low expectations for this film. After all, considering that is starred Sid Caesar, Robert Ryan, Richard Pryor and Anne Baxter and I'd never even heard of it was a very bad sign. In addition, while these are noted celebrities, they don't exactly seem to go together--along with the likes of Marty Engels, Godfrey Cambridge, Dom DeLuise, Charles McGraw and Georgie Jessel! This casting just seemed bizarre....very, very bizarre--like the casting was done through a random drawing. Plus, the producer (William Castle) had Richard Pryor playing a cop--yes, a cop!

The film begins with Caesar being asked to join the board of directors...of the mob. However, soon he gets himself in trouble because he arranges a funeral for one the the gangsters and accidentally buries him in a suit--a suit with $1,000,000 sewn into the lining. He's ordered to dig the guy up--and finds the body and the suit are missing. So, it's up to Caesar to QUICKLY find it or face the wrath of the boss (Ryan).

This film looks about the quality of an episode of a 60s sit-com. I almost expected a laugh track! Broad writing, very broad characters and a lot of flat jokes--this would explain why I'd never heard of the film. While it's not terrible, this isn't exactly a glowing endorsement. Probably not worth your time.

By the way, how could Caesar's character dig up a grave in a suit and have not a single speck of dirt on him---twice!?


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