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The Busy Body

The Busy Body(1967)

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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.