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The Ghost and Mr. Chicken [1966]

Director:Alan Rafkin
Writer:Andy Griffith
Everett Greenbaum
James Fritzell
Composer:Vic Mizzy
Length:90 minutes
(1 hour 30 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:67%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A typesetter is selected to spend a night in a haunted house to write a story for the local paper.

Reaction: Fairly typical fare for this era and Don Knotts plays the same character he always has: the hapless dweeb. But if you enjoy those things (as I do when the mood hits me) this is a serviceable movie to scratch your itch.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Alan Rafkin => Director
Andy Griffith => Writer
Everett Greenbaum => Writer
James Fritzell => Writer
Vic Mizzy => Composer
Charles Lane => Whitlow
Dick Sargent => George Beckett
Don Knotts => Luther Heggs
Eddie Quillan => Elevator Operator (uncredited)
George Chandler => Judge Harley Nast
Harry Hickox => Police Chief Art Fuller
Jesslyn Fax => Mrs. Hutchinson
Joan Staley => Alma Parker
Liam Redmond => Kelsey
Lurene Tuttle => Mrs. Natalie Miller
Nydia Westman => Mrs. Cobb
Philip Ober => Nicholas Simmons (as Phil Ober)
Reta Shaw => Mrs. Halcyon Maxwell
Skip Homeier => Ollie Weaver

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The outside street scenes in the opening credits to The Ghost and Mr Chicken were filmed at Universal Studios Back lot. The mansion shown is the Harvey House, now seen in [Desperate Housewives].
  • Contrary to some belief, the exterior of the Simmons house was not the same one built for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The Simmons house is a different facade located between the Delta House and the Munsters house on Colonial Street on Universal's back lot. The camera pans across the Munster house at the beginning of the movie with the credits.
  • According to Don Knotts' autobiography, the off-screen voice yelling, "Attaboy, Luther!" belongs to screenwriter Everett Greenbaum.
  • This film inspired a short-lived craze for yelling out "Attaboy, (name)" during speeches and other situations. This came from a running gag used in this film.