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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Running Scared 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

There is an episode of The Andy Griffith Show (1960) which is eerily similar. In Season 4, The Andy Griffith Show: The Haunted House (1963), features some of the same gags which frighten (among others) Don Knotts' character. That episode aired Oct. 7, 1963, and thus predated "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" by about 2 years. See more »

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A prosecutor cannot call a defendant to the stand. See more »

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[Springer calls his "surprise" witness to the stand]
Springer: Your full name, sir?
Gaylord Patie: Gaylord Patie.
Springer: And what is your occupation?
Gaylord Patie: I'm a certified public accountant for the state.
Springer: Now then, I understand that you, Mr. Patie, have heard the organ playing in the Simmons Mansion. Am I correct, sir?
Gaylord Patie: You are. I have heard organ music coming from the tower of the Simmons Mansion on three seperate occasions.
[gasps of awe come from the audience]
Gaylord Patie: That's why I came to you, Mr. Springer.
Springer: And at what time did you hear ...
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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Entertaining horror spoof of a more innocent time.
26 November 2003 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

As the spunky, witty typesetter of the local newspaper who is sometimes afraid of his own shadow, Don Knotts goes up against the local legendary haunted house, a garden-shears-carrying nemesis, and a real true to life bad guy in this funny, quirky, endearing mystery from Universal's 1966 archives.

"Everything I ever needed to know about life, I learned from the Ghost and Mr. Chicken." the Fiend :.

This is an excellent, wholesome horror/comedy featuring many of your favorite members of the "Mayberry" bunch. It's delightful entertainment for the whole family, and one of Knotts's best performances as the underdog with the stout heart and quaky knees.

And best of all, the ending is a bit of a surprise.

This was my favorite movie as a child, and it rates a 9/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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