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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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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

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

When Judge Harley Nast and other members go up into the organ loft, the judge carries a red lantern, which he places on the player's bench of the organ. Later everybody leaves, yet nobody picks up the red lantern and takes it away. Later still, Luther returns to the organ loft: no red lantern is seen, but now the loft is lighted by candles in a candelabra. See more »

Quotes

Luther Heggs: I guess if you cut me, I'd bleed ink.
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References The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) See more »

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An excellent and hilarious film
14 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film showcases comedy from start to finish. Don Knotts stars and his outstanding performance in this film demonstrates a gift for comedy that very few actors have, and which is never seen in today's films. This movie is family-friendly, does not include offensive language of any kind, and holds the viewer's interest consistently. Many talented character actors appear in this film in supporting roles, including Dick York and Joan Staley. Ms. Staley shines as Knott's love interest, helping him to solve a mystery in a haunted house. Small town American characters give the viewer a look at America as it was in 1963. If you like movies about haunted houses, and you like comedy, this one is a "must see". This is the first movie by Don Knotts after he left The Andy Griffith Show, a sitcom staple of the early 1960's.


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