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20 January 1966 (USA) See more »
G-G-GUARANTEED! YOU'LL BE SCARED UNTIL YOU LAUGH YOURSELF SILLY! (original theatrical poster - all caps) See more »
Luther Heggs aspires to being a reporter for his small town newspaper, the Rachel Courier Express. He... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(21 articles)
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The Best Don Knotts Movie There Is See more (64 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Don Knotts ... Luther Heggs

Joan Staley ... Alma Parker

Liam Redmond ... Kelsey

Dick Sargent ... George Beckett

Skip Homeier ... Ollie Weaver

Reta Shaw ... Mrs. Halcyon Maxwell

Lurene Tuttle ... Mrs. Natalie Miller

Philip Ober ... Nicholas Simmons (as Phil Ober)
Harry Hickox ... Police Chief Art Fuller

Charles Lane ... 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)

Sandra Gould ... Loretta Pine

James Millhollin ... Mr. Milo Maxwell
Cliff Norton ... Charlie, the Bailiff

Ellen Corby ... Miss Neva Tremaine
Jim Boles ... Billy Ray Fox
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Armitage ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Man at Picnic (uncredited)
Rand Barker ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jimmy Bracken ... Running Kid at Picnic (uncredited)

Lovyss Bradley ... Diner Customer (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Man at Picnic (uncredited)
Ceil Cabot ... Occult Clubwoman (uncredited)
Alan Calm ... Observer On Street (uncredited)
Jack Carol ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Albert Cavens ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Al Checco ... Gaylord Patie (uncredited)
Ellaraino ... Cashier (uncredited)

Herbie Faye ... Man in Diner (uncredited)
Lillian Field ... Edna June Weems (uncredited)
Joan Granville ... Waitress (uncredited)
Everett Greenbaum ... Man Saying 'Attaboy Luther' (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... The Rotarian at Picnic (uncredited)
Bern Hoffman ... J.T. Ballinger (uncredited)

Jimmie Horan ... Observer On Street (uncredited)
Adair Jameson ... Eileen (uncredited)

Michael Jeffers ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Roy Johnson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Freda Jones ... Woman at Picnic (uncredited)
Dorothy Keller ... Occult Clubwoman (uncredited)

Lee Krieger ... Charlie - Process Server (uncredited)

Florence Lake ... Occult Clubwoman (uncredited)
Gerry Lock ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dorothy Love ... Occult Clubwoman (uncredited)

J. Edward McKinley ... Mayor Carlyle Preston (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Man at Mail Box (uncredited)

Burt Mustin ... Mr. Deligondo (uncredited)
Ralph Neff ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Eddie Quillan ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Joe Quinn ... Spectator (uncredited)
Teddy Quinn ... Autograph Seeker (uncredited)
Jean Ransome ... Woman In Bank (uncredited)
Florence Ravenel ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... Juror (uncredited)
Maxine Semon ... Occult Clubwoman (uncredited)

Hal Smith ... Calver Weems (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)

Hope Summers ... Susanna Blush (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Diner Customer (uncredited)
Ruth Thom ... Occult Clubwoman (uncredited)
Margaret Wheeler ... Occult Clubwoman (uncredited)

Dick Wilson ... Bandmaster (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Rafkin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Fritzell 
Everett Greenbaum 
Andy Griffith  uncredited

Produced by
Edward Montagne .... producer (as Edward J. Mantagne)
Original Music by
Vic Mizzy 
Cinematography by
William Margulies 
Film Editing by
Sam E. Waxman 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
George C. Webb  (as George Webb)
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
Costume Design by
Rosemary Odell 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Wes Thompson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Bowles .... assistant director
Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound (as Earl N. Crain)
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt double (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | UK:U | USA:G | USA:Approved (Certificate #21086)

Did You Know?

All of the actors from this film have passed away with the exception of Joan Staley, Ellaraino, and Adair Jameson who are the three female survivors and Skip Homeier, Jimmy Bracken, and Teddy Quinn who are the three male survivors.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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 anything! This is all EVIDENCE!
Suzanna Blush:He was just walking down the street when: BANG! Right on the head!
Luther Heggs:All right, I'll get a picture of the murder weapon...
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The Best Don Knotts Movie There Is, 9 April 2001
Author: aesgaard41 from United States

Don Knotts became a household name and Academy Award Winner for his creation of the blustery, cocky and nervous Deputy Sheriff Bernard P. Fife. In one episode in particular of The Andy Griffith Show, Knotts was in top form as Fife went into a haunted house. His nervous shaking and twitching in that episode almost surely led to this movie being made. Playing a type-setter at a local newspaper, he gets his chance to be a reporter when his editor elects him to spend a night in the local reputedly haunted murder house. Scared silly by what he sees there, he writes his article and becomes the local celebrity and a hero to the local ladies paranormal society in one of the movie's funniest running gags. The article, however, gets him into trouble as the house's owner sues for fraud and libel. The house, though, looks like every stereotype of what a haunted house is supposed to look like as it sticks out like a sore thumb in the otherwise prim and proper neighborhood. The back story of the murders is a bit contrived, as is it's "solution." The "hauntings" aren't very scary, but then this was meant to be a family picture. Killing the ghost story almost completely leaves me to suspect that the creators don't believe in ghosts, or didn't want to go out on a branch to suggest they do. Otherwise, this is a very good and enjoyable family picture and among one of my favorites.

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