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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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The outside street scenes in the opening credits to "The Ghost and Mr Chicken" were filmed at Universal Studios Back lot. The mansion shown is the Harvey (1950) House, now seen in Desperate Housewives (2004). See more »

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When Don Knotts steps between the trees at the picnic in his honor, the tree just to his left is a eucalyptus tree. Eucalyptus grow just fine in California but would not grow in Kansas where the movie is set. See more »

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Suzanna Blush: It's Calver Weems! He's DEAD! He's been MURDERED!
Luther Heggs: Well don't panic! DON'T PANIC!
Suzanna Blush: Oh Luther! Luther! It was terrible! He was walking along the streen when: BANG! Right on the head!
[points to 2x4]
Suzanna Blush: With that!
Luther Heggs: Well did you see who did it?
Suzanna Blush: No, it was just: BANG! Right on the head! With that!
Luther Heggs: Well I'll just get a picture of it. Lets see... f32... and it's dark, it's been rainin'... and uh... Oh for heaven's sake STAND BACK Suzanna! Stand back! Get out of the way! And for heaven's sake don't TOUCH ...
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Even the fun is frightening!
29 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

What more can be said for this film? "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" is as much a nostalgic picture of small town life (as is "The Music Man") as it is a family horror-mystery. The cast, led by Knotts is terrific, the production full of charm, and the musical score by the estimable Vic Mizzy, perfect. Despite the low budget, it looks like every penny got on the screen, and the film was a hit, so much so that it led to other Knotts vehicles such as "The Reluctant Astronaut" and "The Shakiest Gun in the West". They were enjoyable as well, but nothing tops this one! It was available as a widescreen DVD a couple of years ago, but it's no longer in print. It is now available as part of a set called "The Don Knotts Reluctant Hero" package. It's well worth getting while it still can be gotten! The original theatrical trailer is included, and the enhanced print is beautiful. And remember: "He saw those things!".


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