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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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He's in the middle of a mystery. Without a clue. See more »


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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)

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film inspired a short-lived craze for yelling out "Attaboy, (name)" during speeches and other situations. This came from a running gag used in this film. See more »

Goofs

During the trial, the court stenographer keeps looking up at the people and not writing down what is being said. See more »

Quotes

Milo Maxwell: Oh, I-I-I-I'm so sorry that I'm late, but we had a seance at the house last night and it ran on until all hours.
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References The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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The Best Don Knotts Movie There Is
9 April 2001 | by aesgaard41See all my reviews

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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