The Busy Body

The Busy Body is a 1967 American comedy film directed and produced by William Castle and based on Donald E. Westlake's novel of the same name. It was Richard Pryor's film debut.

The Busy Body
Directed byWilliam Castle
Produced byWilliam Castle
Written byDonald E. Westlake
Ben Starr
StarringDom DeLuise
Sid Caesar
Robert Ryan
Music byVic Mizzy
CinematographyHarold E. Stine
Edited byEdwin H. Bryant
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • March 12, 1967 (1967-03-12)
Running time
101 minutes


George Norton is a low-level bumbler who works for Chicago crime boss Charley Barker. A well-dressed mama's boy, George is in good standing with Barker, even gaining a promotion, until an incident that costs the mob a million dollars.

George is indirectly responsible when Archie, a mob courier, is killed at a barbecue. After the funeral, Barker instructs George to dig up Archie's body because $500,000 was stuffed inside the lining of each side of a blue suit that an unwitting George personally chose for the burial.

George opens the casket to find it empty, then later occupied by a different corpse. He sets out to retrieve the body and the money before Barker gets angry enough to arrange a funeral for HIM.


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