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Release Date:
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 be a reporter for his small town newspaper, the Rachel Courier Express. He gets... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(21 articles)
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Attaboy Luther! See more (67 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)
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?

The Kansas town of "Rachael" depicted in the movie is a fictional town just as is "Mayberry" on the Andy Griffith show.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the newspaper article about the anniversary of the murders that took place in the mansion there are duplicate columns on either side of his story. Also, several of the newspapers seem to be yellowed with age.See more »
Luther Heggs:When you work with words, words are your work.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Lawrence Welk Show" (1955)See more »
For He's a Jolly Good FellowSee more »


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37 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Attaboy Luther!, 5 December 2003

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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