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The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)

Don Knotts , Joan Staley , Alan Rafkin  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Knotts, Joan Staley, Liam Redmond, Dick Sargent, Skip Homeier
  • Directors: Alan Rafkin
  • Writers: James Fritzell, Everett Greenbaum
  • Producers: Edward J. Montagne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009VU01
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,657 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" on IMDb

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    Figuring the answers to the mystery lie in the old Simmons mansion, Luther Heggs (Knotts) visits the estate at the witching hour of midnight. Certain he's seen a ghost, Luther writes a story which makes front page news - and brings on a libel suit from the mansion's owner. When the trial judge orders an investigation - and no apparition appears - Luther is branded a fraud. That is, until he and his devoted girlfriend team up to uncover the mystery of the hauntings - and the true murderer - in this timeless comedy classic.

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    50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly fun and where's the DVD? October 5, 2001
    Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
    I first saw this Don Knotts comedy back in the late Sixties...and it stuck with me. (Especially the tune the organ plays.) The scenes of nervous, bungling, bug-eyed Don Knotts made me laugh out loud then -- and they still do now. So I was really pleased when this movie was finally released on video a few years ago. My only gripe now is that I wish it were out on DVD because I'm sure I'll wear out my video before too long!
    Of course, I'm a big fan of the Andy Griffith Show. So that probably explains why I like this movie so much. Don Knotts was largely responsible for making that show the huge hit that it was. And, if you like his schtick on Griffith, you'll like this movie.
    In fact, there are about a half dozen or more actors who appear in the movie -- most just briefly -- who also worked with Knotts on the Andy Griffth Show. Hal Smith, Ellen Corby, Hope Summers, Burt Mustin and Rita Shaw to name just five. So it was fun to pick out the familiar faces. The movie was even written by two of the Andy Griffith Show's most prolific writers!
    Knotts has the nervous man character down so well that some scenes in the film are almost painful to watch (like when he's giving his speech -- "I've been called brave. What is brave? Let me clarify this" -- before the picnic crowd gathered in his honor), but I can't help myself. He's funny.
    I won't go into the plot because so many others have already reviewed it. I just wanted to add my two cents (and Five Stars) to the other reviews.
    The bottom line: this is a fun movie, great for the whole family. If you haven't seen it, please do so. Sure it's corny. Sure it looks dated. But it's not supposed to be Citizen Kane. It's just a great popcorn movie to share with friends and family.
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    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost and Mr. Chicken March 25, 2008
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Luther Heggs is a mild mannered typesetter just waiting to break out and show the world that he can be a reporter. When the nervous, shy, and loveable bug-eyed reporter wanna be is dared to spend the night in the old haunted Simmons mansion, he feels this is his chance. There are a lot of strange things that happen in this old house. People recount of hearing creepy organ music wondering if the unsolved murder victim is haunting the old house. The newspaper editor thinks it is a wonderful idea, and decides to give Luther the chance he has been dreaming about since the anniversary of the murder/suicide is approaching. When Luther spends the fated night, he barely makes it past midnight tearing from the house spouting tales of a ghost playing the organ, shears embedded in a portrait, and secret passage ways. When Luther tries to prove the events he experienced in the house, he ends up looking like a fool when they cannot be recreated. As he solves the mystery, he takes the whole audience along for the ride.

    Don Knotts is superb in this movie! His physical comedic skills could not be done any better. The supporting cast brought together for this film was very well cast. Some of the cast members will also be familiar to those that have followed Knotts career with Andy Griffith.
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    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy! Don't Miss It! March 17, 2002
    Format:VHS Tape
    I remember one Friday night when I was growing up in the 70's. They were going to show "Ghost and Mr. Chicken" on tv, and my sisters, my neighbor friend and I were settled in to watch it. I was scared to death, covering my eyes when Knott's character (Luther Heggs) came downstairs and saw the painting with the blood gushing out of it! The organ music was so creepy.
    Now I own this movie and watch it often. It is a reminder of kinder, gentler days, of small town people that are very familiar from my childhood. Of course, I'm a huge Andy Griffith show fan, and this movie was based on an episode called "The Haunted House." The writers of that episode wrote this movie (one of them of the voice of the un-seen guy who keeps hollering
    'Atta Boy Luther') and Andy Griffith Show fans will notice many familiar faces in the movie..Otis, Clara, and more. If you loved Don Knotts in that show, you'll love this movie. And if you aren't a big fan of Andy, I still think you'll like this movie. It truly is very funny, the scary scenes are still scary, and I think this is Don's finest work. Please issue this on DVD, I'll be the first in line to buy it.
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars "Calver! What're you doin' here? You're dead!" November 19, 2003
    As a big-screen comedian, Don Knotts was never funnier, more endearing, or more inspired than in this silly, oddly charming small-town comedy. It's one of those pleasant memories from childhood, and I'm delighted to discover how well it holds up. Knotts' character, Luther Hegg, is little more than an extension of, or variation on, Barney Fife; he's what Barney might become if Andy wasn't around to calm him with a wink to the audience. And Knotts gives into the foolishness with enormous conviction: the goggle-eyed, wild-haired terror; the slightly self-important preening of a little man who just KNOWS he could be a big deal with the right break; the false bravado that quickly succumbs to cowardice of the first rank (a schtick Bob Hope would have been proud to own); and, curiously, the essential heartbreak and loneliness Knotts is too good an actor to sentimentalize or imbue with undue self-pity.
    Aside from the star's peerless, bug-eyed takes, what makes this unpretentious trifle of a movie so pleasurable are its relative intelligence and its canny observation of character. They've been making inexpensive showcase comedies for rising comedians for aeons now, and most of them are dumb to the point of inanity (today they're both stupid AND gross.) But the screenwriters and the director of this movie have a fondness for even the smallest of characters, and there are wonderful touches, like the way the old man in the boarding house casually takes an egg off the cozy of the bickering old woman next to him at the breakfast table, cracks it open, and eats it. No one notices, and the filmmakers don't beat us over the head with it; it's there, on the periphery, if we want to enjoy it. Can you imagine the people behind David Spade movies having the grace to do that?
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    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    Very good.
    Published 3 days ago by Jacqueline Hoffman
    4.0 out of 5 stars Happy customer
    Very happy with movie.
    Published 3 days ago by Jennifer Russell
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of Don Knotts best movies ever
    Gotta have this! This is one of Don Knotts best movies ever.
    Published 5 days ago by sharmeece m.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie!!
    Published 7 days ago by James Hudson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love Don Knotts
    I could watch this silly movie every week. Love Don Knotts, may he rest in peace. I remember watching it as a kid every summer.
    Published 7 days ago by sbgtx
    1.0 out of 5 stars I hated Don Knotts movies
    I hated Don Knotts movies.. Especially the one where he turns ito a fish. Low brow entertainment
    from a horrible actor and actress. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Robert Pylant
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic family funny movie
    I absolutely love this movie. I have been watching this movie since I was little.
    Published 12 days ago by Holly Baker
    5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE FUNNIEST OLD MOVIES!
    Classic Don Knotts movie! Great family movie without violence, sex, bad language, etc. Just good humorous entertainment!!
    Published 14 days ago by LJones
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite old movies
    I loved this movie as a child. It would scare me, but not like today's movies do. I am trying to get a collection of some of my favorite old movies before they are not available... Read more
    Published 15 days ago by teacher
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Favorite
    Don Knotts is perfect in this role of a timid journalist who must spend the night in a haunted house. Love the creepy soundtrack. Attaboy Luther!!
    Published 17 days ago by Britin Haller
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