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The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)

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Luther Heggs aspires to be 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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jim Begg ... Deputy Herkie (as James Begg)
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Storyline

Luther Heggs aspires to be 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 because the family heir, Nick Simmons, has returned to Rachel planning 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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G-G-GUARANTEED! YOU'LL BE SCARED UNTIL YOU LAUGH YOURSELF SILLY! (original theatrical poster - all caps) See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

7 giorni di fifa See more »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film earned $1,245,684 during its first week of release, making it the #1 top grossing movie of the week. See more »

Goofs

Rope tying man to chair at the end of the movie changes positions at least 3 times. See more »

Quotes

Luther Heggs: When you work with words, words are your work.
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References The Lawrence Welk Show (1955) See more »

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Camptown Races
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Music by Stephen Foster
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Even the fun is frightening!
29 June 2005 | by phillindholmSee 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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