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The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)

G  |   |  Comedy, Family, Mystery  |  20 January 1966 (USA)
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Luther Heggs aspires to being a reporter for his small town newspaper, the Rachel Courier Express. He gets his big break when the editor asks him to spend the night at the Simmons mansion ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Luther Heggs
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Alma Parker
Liam Redmond ...
Kelsey
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George Beckett
Skip Homeier ...
Ollie Weaver
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Mrs. Halcyon Maxwell
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Mrs. Natalie Miller
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Nicholas Simmons (as Phil Ober)
Harry Hickox ...
Police Chief Art Fuller
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Lawyer Whitlow
Jesslyn Fax ...
Mrs. Hutchinson
Nydia Westman ...
Mrs. Cobb
George Chandler ...
Judge Harley Nast
Robert Cornthwaite ...
Lawyer Springer
Jim Begg ...
Deputy Herkie (as James Begg)
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Storyline

Luther Heggs aspires to being a reporter for his small town newspaper, the Rachel Courier Express. He gets his big break when the editor asks him to spend the night at the Simmons mansion that, 20 years before, was the site of a now famous murder-suicide. The case has aroused local interest not only because of the anniversary but due to the fact that the family heir, Nick Simmons, has returned to Rachel aiming to tear the mansion down. Luther's account of his wild, ghost-ridden night in the house leads Simmons to sue for libel, but with the aid of his friend Kelsey they determine what exactly happened that night long ago and the identity of the real killer. Written by garykmcd

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G-G-GUARANTEED! YOU'LL BE SCARED UNTIL YOU LAUGH YOURSELF SILLY! (original theatrical poster - all caps) See more »


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20 January 1966 (USA)  »

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$700,000 (estimated)
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Besides Don Knotts, there are a number of actors from the Andy Griffith Show in this movie, some playing characters very similar to the characters they did in the Andy Griffith Show. For example, Hal Smith plays the town drunk in both productions, and Dorthy Neumann plays Smith's wife in both productions. Also, "Griffith" show veterans, such as Burt Mustin and Hope Summers are featured in this movie. This was Knott's first film after leaving the Andy Griffith Show. See more »

Goofs

At the end when Luther has knocked Mr. Simmons down the hidden staircase, Mr. Kelsey tells Alma to go call the police. The house hasn't been lived in for 20 years and the phone would not be hooked up. See more »

Quotes

Luther Heggs: I guess if you cut me, I'd bleed ink.
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Entertaining horror spoof of a more innocent time.
26 November 2003 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

As the spunky, witty typesetter of the local newspaper who is sometimes afraid of his own shadow, Don Knotts goes up against the local legendary haunted house, a garden-shears-carrying nemesis, and a real true to life bad guy in this funny, quirky, endearing mystery from Universal's 1966 archives.

"Everything I ever needed to know about life, I learned from the Ghost and Mr. Chicken." the Fiend :.

This is an excellent, wholesome horror/comedy featuring many of your favorite members of the "Mayberry" bunch. It's delightful entertainment for the whole family, and one of Knotts's best performances as the underdog with the stout heart and quaky knees.

And best of all, the ending is a bit of a surprise.

This was my favorite movie as a child, and it rates a 9/10 from...

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