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Director William Castle helmed this production. He was most known for his showmanship on the cheap during the 1950s and 1960s. He directed The House on Haunted Hill (1959), and The Tingler (1960). The latter gave select audience members an electric shock whenever the tingler showed up on screen. He also directed 13 Ghosts (1960). Some of Castle's films were remade in recent years with poor results. Bigger budgets and hipper attitudes usually don't make up for the cheap charm of Castle's movies.
The Busy Body looks like it's a bigger budget film for Castle, and an attempt to break into mainstream studio filmmaking. Having Sid Caeser, Dom DeLuise, Ann Baxter, Robert Ryan, and a young Richard Pryor aboard, you'd think that Castle would pull off a pretty good production. The production isn't too bad, and the acting and direction aren't too bad. With a stronger script, Castle and Co. might've had a farce on-par with many of the era's comedy movies. Unfortunately, the movie falls pretty flat.
The plot involves a mama's boy (Sid Caeser) who's promoted by mob boss, Robert Ryan. In a plot that's surprisingly convoluted, Ceaser finds himself in a murder whodunit. What is admirable about the production is that most of the actors give 100% to their roles. The plot and dialogue are rickety, and the cinematography is brightly lit (like many films of the day), but at least the actors seem like they're having a good time.
Watching The Busy Body isn't torture by any means. If you were around when television stations ran movies like this, you might appreciate the innocence and goofy nature of the movie. --Bill Kallay of FromScripttoDVD.com
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if you like slapstick comedy, then you must get this movie. it is one of the best ever made. i would recommend this to all my friends.Published on September 4, 2009 by Patricia Kinnison
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