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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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You'll be so scared - You'll laugh yourself silly! 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)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Reta Shaw was also on The Andy Griffith show as Barney's vocal coach. See more »

Goofs

After everyone from the court has left and Luther is climbing the stairs because he heard the music again there is a stained glass window on the stair case wall with a bird design in the center of it but the bird is upside down. See more »

Quotes

Police Chief Art Fuller: I'm sorry, Mrs. Maxwell, Nicolas Simmons gave me strict orders. No one's allowed on this property.
Halcyon Maxwell: Oh, Mr. Fuller, you don't seem to understand. We're followers. We're on the path of the occult.
Police Chief Art Fuller: I'm afraid you won't find anything like that around here.
Halcyon Maxwell: Oh well, it's obvious you don't understand. Our society is dedicated to contacting the other world.
Police Chief Art Fuller: The communists?
Halcyon Maxwell: The spiritual world!
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Connections

References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Traditional
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Knott's best!
21 May 2000 | by Bruce McGeeSee all my reviews

This was Don Knotts first film after leaving the Andy Griffith show. Here he is Luther Heggs, mild mannered typesetter for a small town newspaper. 20 years before, an unsolved murder occurred, and the editor of the newspaper decides to do a follow-up article on it. Guess who they get to do it. He spends the night in the house where the murder took place. After a wild night in the house, he is a hero. Then he gets sued by the owner of the house. I'll tell no more, except that if you have not seen this film, you should. It is a good example of 1960's comedy that stars many TV stars of the period. It's a real winner!


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