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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.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Băgăreţul See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

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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 »

Quotes

George Norton: [Margo insists George takes a sip of the drink he made her] Hmm. I left out the scotch.
Margo Foster Kane: Ah- ha ha.
George Norton: There's no scotch in this scotch sour.
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Music by Johnny Green
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Mediocre Macabre
9 March 2005 | by laffinsalSee all my reviews

This late-period William Castle film is one of his pallid attempts at comedy. It's amiable, yet mediocre in its delivery. Sid Caesar (during one of the lesser parts of his career) plays the scapegoat for Robert Ryan's gang of hoods. Looking at the cast of this film, as well as the original publicity material, it's obvious that Castle was trying to make his own version of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". In addition to Caesar, there is also Dom Deluise, Kay Medford, Godfrey Cambridge, Marty Ingels, and Richard Pryor in his first film. Arlene Golonka is also present as the ditzy young dancer in the ridiculous feather get-ups.

The main problem with this film, is that the two main actors are totally unlikable. Ryan is unnecessarily mean to Caesar, and Caesar in turn, is too much of a wuss. The other actors all seem so oblivious to what's happening...like they are all doing their own stand-up routines instead of furthering the story. The script is OK, I think Castle just didn't know how to direct comedy.

On the plus side, though, this film has a very catchy theme song, composed by Vic Mizzy, and a funny sequence where a woman tries talking to a mannequin at a bus stop. It's a slight step up from Castle's "The Spirit is Willing", but that's not saying very much.


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