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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 »

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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

Charles Lane, another Andy Griffith alumni (Mr. Frisby), also makes an appearance as Lawyer Whitlow. See more »

Goofs

Halcyon's dessert cup is full, empty, then full. See more »

Quotes

Luther Heggs: I guess if you cut me, I'd bleed ink.
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Referenced in Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999) See more »

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An excellent and hilarious film
14 December 2004 | by jimrobbinsSee 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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