The Busy Body (1967)

101 mins | Comedy | 1967

Director:

William Castle

Writer:

Ben Starr

Producer:

William Castle

Cinematographer:

Hal Stine

Editor:

Edwin H. Bryant

Production Designers:

Hal Pereira, Roland Anderson, Al Roelofs

Production Company:

William Castle Enterprises
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HISTORY

Location scenes for the film were shot in Chicago. The Busy Body marked the film debut for actor-comedian Richard Pryor ... More Less

Location scenes for the film were shot in Chicago. The Busy Body marked the film debut for actor-comedian Richard Pryor (1940--2005). More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Asst prod mgr
Unit prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Busy Body by Donald E. Westlake (New York, 1966).
SONGS
"Out of Nowhere," words and music by Edward Heyman and Johnny Green, performed by Arlene Golonka.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New Orleans opening: 13 January 1967
Copyright Claimant:
William Castle Enterprises
Copyright Date:
13 January 1967
Copyright Number:
LP33769
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Techniscope
Duration(in mins):
101
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Gang leader Charley Barker orders one of his flunkies, George Norton, to dig up the corpse of Archie Brody, a crime syndicate money collector, because Brody was buried in a blue suit that had $1,000,000 sewn in its lining. George digs up the body twice: the first time he finds an empty coffin. George tries again a few days later and finds the body of a total stranger. Suspicion points to the funeral parlor, but when both the mortician and his assistant are murdered, Barker, implying that George stole the money, has him "taken for a ride." George escapes, visits Brody's widow, an ex-stripper named Bobbi, and learns that her neighbors, the Fosters, are somehow involved. George's sleuthing proves that Margo Foster had attempted to pass off Brody's charred body as her husband in order to collect his insurance; and Murray Foster had killed the two morticians to insure secrecy. Once the couple are arrested, George returns to Bobbi's apartment and discovers that she is color blind--her husband had been buried in his brown suit, and the blue suit in his closet does not have any money sewn into its lining. It becomes apparent that Barker stole the syndicate's money himself and was also responsible for Brody's murder. The gang leader tries to kill George, but in a climactic rooftop struggle, George's possessive mother and Bobbi come to his rescue, and Barker falls to his ... +


Gang leader Charley Barker orders one of his flunkies, George Norton, to dig up the corpse of Archie Brody, a crime syndicate money collector, because Brody was buried in a blue suit that had $1,000,000 sewn in its lining. George digs up the body twice: the first time he finds an empty coffin. George tries again a few days later and finds the body of a total stranger. Suspicion points to the funeral parlor, but when both the mortician and his assistant are murdered, Barker, implying that George stole the money, has him "taken for a ride." George escapes, visits Brody's widow, an ex-stripper named Bobbi, and learns that her neighbors, the Fosters, are somehow involved. George's sleuthing proves that Margo Foster had attempted to pass off Brody's charred body as her husband in order to collect his insurance; and Murray Foster had killed the two morticians to insure secrecy. Once the couple are arrested, George returns to Bobbi's apartment and discovers that she is color blind--her husband had been buried in his brown suit, and the blue suit in his closet does not have any money sewn into its lining. It becomes apparent that Barker stole the syndicate's money himself and was also responsible for Brody's murder. The gang leader tries to kill George, but in a climactic rooftop struggle, George's possessive mother and Bobbi come to his rescue, and Barker falls to his death. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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