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The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)

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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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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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20 January 1966 (USA)  »

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7 giorni di fifa  »

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$700,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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The car Luther Heggs drives is an Edsel, a short lived marque of the Ford Corporation named after Henry Ford's son, Edsel Ford. See more »

Goofs

When Luther is setting up his sleeping bag, it is obvious that the light from the flashlight is coming from off set. The light shines on his back when he is in front of the flashlight even though the flashlight is on level with his knees. See more »

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Police Chief Art Fuller: I'm sorry Mrs. Maxwell, Nicolas Simmons gave me strict orders. No one's allowed on this property.
Halcyon Maxwell: Oh Mr. Fuller you don't seem to understand. We're followers, we're on the path of the occult.
Police Chief Art Fuller: I'm afraid you won't find anything like that around here.
Halcyon Maxwell: Oh well it's obvious you don't understand. Our society is dedicated to contacting the other world.
Police Chief Art Fuller: The communists?
Halcyon Maxwell: The spiritual world!
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Great fun for kids and family...
14 December 2003 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

This is a fun family comedy, that doesn't have the syrupy "message" nonsense you find in such movies today. This film hinges on Don Knotts and his trademark physical comedy, which he delivers with ease. I loved his movies as a kid, and my kids love them too.

It is amazing how much Knotts is willing to make himself look completely ridiculous to make you laugh. One such scene happens when he is courting his girlfriend on the porch of his boarding house. He starts to chop his hands in the air, she asks what he is doing, he replies "Oh that's karate, I've been studying it through the mail for years". Then he puffs up his chest and boasts, "My whole body's a weapon". You almost can't watch it, but my seven and nine-year-old sons make me rewind it over and over, laughing their heads off each time.

Introduce your kids to this, and other silly movies starring Don Knotts. They'll enjoy them, and it will give them a little insight into your world as a child.


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