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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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Luther Heggs
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Alma Parker
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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
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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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You'll be so scared - You'll laugh yourself silly! See more »


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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Don Knotts' autobiography, the off-screen voice yelling, "Attaboy, Luther!" belongs to screenwriter Everett Greenbaum. See more »

Goofs

When Luther is spending the night in the murder house, he sees a shears stuck in the throat of the woman in a painting with blood gushing from the wound. Later when touring the house during the trial, the painting is unmarred and without blood stains, but it is never explained how this was possible. See more »

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Kelsey: You know why you thought you saw a murder out there, Luther? 'Cause that's a murder house.
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References The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) See more »

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Knott's best!
21 May 2000 | by (Asheville, NC USA) – See all my reviews

This was Don Knotts first film after leaving the Andy Griffith show. Here he is Luther Heggs, mild mannered typesetter for a small town newspaper. 20 years before, an unsolved murder occurred, and the editor of the newspaper decides to do a follow-up article on it. Guess who they get to do it. He spends the night in the house where the murder took place. After a wild night in the house, he is a hero. Then he gets sued by the owner of the house. I'll tell no more, except that if you have not seen this film, you should. It is a good example of 1960's comedy that stars many TV stars of the period. It's a real winner!


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