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The Busy Body (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 12 March 1967 (USA)
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.


William Castle


Donald E. Westlake (from the novel by), Ben Starr (screenplay by)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sid Caesar ... George Norton
Robert Ryan ... Charley Barker
Anne Baxter ... Margo Kane
Kay Medford ... Ma Norton
Jan Murray Jan Murray ... Murray Foster
Richard Pryor ... Whittaker
Arlene Golonka ... Bobbi Brody
Charles McGraw ... Fred Harwell
Ben Blue ... Felix Rose
Dom DeLuise ... Kurt Brock (as Dom De Luise)
Bill Dana ... Archie Brody
Godfrey Cambridge ... Mike
Marty Ingels ... Willie
George Jessel ... Mr. Fessel
Mickey Deems Mickey Deems ... Cop No.1


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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A Joyous Comedy of Peril! See more »




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Release Date:

12 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Băgăreţul See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Film debut of Richard Pryor. See more »


The first time Rose faints, George grabs a bottle of coke and pours it in Rose's face, then puts the empty bottle on the coca cola fridge. But the second time Rose faints, there are two bottles on the fridge and a much larger spill of coke on the floor. It seems this was supposed to be the third fainting spell but the second was cut out. See more »


Charley Barker: You guys are gonna learn class, or I'll kick your teeth in!
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Out of Nowhere
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Music by Johnny Green
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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 MartinHaferSee 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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