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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)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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One of the few American films shot in the Technicolor Corporation's Techniscope wide screen process. The wide screen effect was achieved by essentially splitting the usual film frame horizontally into two smaller frames with a greater width to height ratio. It was inexpensive, but yielded a grainy image, which probably explains why it was seldom used in Hollywood. See more »

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When the jury visits the Simmons House, not only has the painting of Mrs. Simmons lost all the cobwebs it had when Luther last saw it, but Mrs. Simmons has a completely different hairstyle. See more »

Quotes

Halcyon Maxwell: Why, this is bigger than the - than the Whispering Steeple in Kansas City.
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Camptown Races
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Music by Stephen Foster
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Greatest ever?
11 January 2009 | by david-barrett-1See all my reviews

I joke with my friends that "Citizen Kane" isn't the greatest film of all time, "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" is. OK, maybe not THE greatest, but I loved it in 9th grade and I've loved it ever since (probably have seen it 10 times). As my observant godson noted, even the music is perfect for this kind of little movie. I think it's the best, by far, of Don Knotts' films. My favorite line is "And they used Bon Ami!" Out of curiosity, I've checked with a number of published guides to DVDs available for sales/rental and, to their credit, most of the authors of those books acknowledge that the film, however "minor," has humor and a good deal of charm, and that Knotts is at his best.


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