Strictly Business (1962 film)

Strictly Business (alternate name Business People, Russian: Деловые люди, romanized: Delovye lyudi) is a 1962 Soviet black-and-white comedy film directed by Leonid Gaidai, based on three short stories by O. Henry: "The Roads We Take", "Makes the Whole World Kin", and "The Ransom of Red Chief".

Strictly Business
Directed byLeonid Gaidai
Screenplay byLeonid Gaidai
Based onO.Henry
StarringVladlen Paulus
Rostislav Plyatt
Yuri Nikulin
Georgy Vitsin
Sergey Tikhonov
Music byGeorgy Firtich
CinematographyKonstantin Brovin
Edited byAlla Abramova
Release date
Running time
89 minutes
CountrySoviet Union

The film's title is borrowed from the book of short stories by O. Henry titled Strictly Business (1910, Деловые люди in Russian translation), but none of the short stories it includes were adapted for the screen.


"The Roads We Take"
  • Vladlen Paulus as "Shark" Dodson (voiced by Oleg Dahl)
  • Alexander Shvorin as Bob Tidball
  • Viktor Gromov as Mr Williams
  • Vladimir Pitsek as machinist (uncredited)
  • Viktor Uralsky as fireman (uncredited)
  • Lev Lobov as conductor of the coach (uncredited)
  • Yuri Chulyukin as Peabody, clerk (uncredited)
"Makes the Whole World Kin"
"The Ransom of Red Chief"


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