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The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)

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
Liam Redmond ...
Kelsey
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George Beckett
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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
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Mrs. Hutchinson
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Mrs. Cobb
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Judge Harley Nast
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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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$700,000 (estimated)
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There is an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" which is eerily similar. Season 4, episode 2, "The Haunted House", features some of the same gags which frighten (among others) Don Knotts' character. That episode aired Oct. 7, 1963, and thus predated "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" by about 2 years. See more »

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One of Alma's fork tines is broken off then it is back on. See more »

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Halcyon Maxwell: Why Milo, you didn't finish your tapioca. No wonder you have a nervous stomach.
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Referenced in From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999) See more »

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Attaboy Luther!
5 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first film Don Knotts made after leaving Mayberry to sign a multi-film contract with Universal, I first saw "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" as a tiny tot when it played in support of "Munsters, Go Home" at the drive-in, and it was so funny I forgot all about the severe sunburn I had acquired at the beach earlier in the day. And now, 37 years later, it's still hilarious. An adult, especially a college graduate who majored in English, isn't supposed to admit that "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" is one of his favorite films, at least not without embarrassment at his lack of "sophistication," but I admit it with pride. Knotts may not have had a film career on a par with Laurel and Hardy, but he's their equal in my book and this is his best film. It even manages to be genuinely spooky at times (that organ music-yikes!). This is a comedy classic, and a family film in the best sense of the word.


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