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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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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

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 Jimmy Bracken and Teddy Quinn who are the two male survivors. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, Calver Weems is smacked on the head with a board (presumably by his wife Edna June, who leads him to the jailhouse). However, on the street, when Luther is frantic with Susanna Blush - the board is present, Calver is present, but Edna June never steps out from the bushes. See more »

Quotes

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 ...
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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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And they used Bon Ami!
3 August 2002 | by AjtlawyerSee all my reviews

This was Don Knotts' first movie vehicle after he left "Andy Griffith". His character, Luther Heggs, is simply Barney Fife transplanted from Mayberry, North Carolina to Laurel, Kansas. The same gentle but slightly quirky small town residents and Heggs/Fife bumbling along and solving one of the town's mysteries. Knotts even wears the same salt and pepper suit with white fedora that he wore on "Andy Griffith".

This is still a fun movie to watch though. Knotts does his "nervous man" schtick all the way through. His stage-fright speech at the town picnic is great ("let me clarify this")and there are two recurring joke lines, "and they used Bon Ami!" and "atta boy, Luther" which keep being said and which will crack you up every time.


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