The Ghost & The Chicken : The Film - The Poster
Hey! You know that old Simmons House at the end of the street? You know. The spooky one that Nicholas Simmons (Philip Ober) is planning to tear down. Well, guess who has to stay there for the whole night, and write an article about it?
Huh? What's that you say? You don't know! Alright then. I'll give you a couple of clues to help you along your way.
Firstly, he recently mistook a drunken-man for a dead-man. Secondly, only the other day he wrote a small piece about the old Simmons place, relating to the twentieth anniversary of a grizzly murder that took place there. And thirdly, he was given this assignment by his editor, Ollie Weaver (Skip Homeier), prior to having lunch with his gal-pal, Alma (Joan Staley).
Yep. You've got it in one. It's the bumbling typesetter the whole town knows as Luther Heggs (Don Knotts).
However, will Luther be able to carry out this haunted task? His pal, Kelsey (Liam Redmond), likes to think so. Still, once he ventures inside this rustic abode, will he be able to stand the sound of the organ that chimes at the stroke of ? Furthermore, will he then sh*t himself when he sees the painting dripping with blood?
No. I'm not going to tell you the answer to these questions, folks. What I will say though, is what next transpires all kicks off when an article throws a spanner in the works. As Luther gets sued for libel - a courthouse needs a new bible - the Simmons house needs a second look - and at the end of a day, a bumbling type-setter is A-OK in my book.
Now if you think that 'damn' is a swear word, or that the sight of a man falling over is funny, then, I have a sneaking suspicion you'd like 'The Ghost and Mr Chicken'.
'Peachy keen' perhaps?
Yeah. It's this type of movie, dear reader. A movie you're Grandparents might laugh at, where as you might think of it as being 'so-so' at best, or 'boring' at worst.
As for me on the other hand -- well -- if truth be told I'm split between these two definitions. It wasn't one of those laugh-out loud funny films -- although I did laugh on occasion -- especially at the courthouse scene, and at the old ladies in this flick. Plus it wasn't very yawn-some either -- although I did yawn once or twice -- especially at those scenes where 'Luther'... errr... spoke.
Rainn Wilson, was born --
the 20th of
January, 1966. (2) During production, this movie was given the working
title of 'Running Scared', which is also the same name as the 2006
crime-thriller starring Paul Walker and Chazz Palminteri. (3) This was Don
Knott's first feature film after leaving the 'Andy Griffith Show'. But you can
also see some his old cast members in this production if you know what you are
looking for. Hal Smith plays the town drunk, whilst Dorthy Neumann plays his
wife. Also, Burt Mustin, Lurene Tuttle, and Hope Summers, all play small cameos
in this muddled mystery too. (4) I kid you not; this slice of cinema was one of
the few American films shot with the Technicolor Corporation's Techniscope wide
screen process. Basically, this 'wider image' was achieved by splitting the
frame horizontally in two, whilst increasing the height in the process. (5)
Contrary to popular belief, the exterior of the Simmons House wasn't the same
one built for the Alfred
Hitchcock thriller, 'Psycho'. Although it was used on the television show,
'The Munsters', the street was used on the Tom Hank's horror-comedy, 'The
Burbs', and you can now see the Harvey House on the television drama, 'Desperate
Housewives'. (6) One of the running gags in this film -- 'Attaboy Luther' --
became a short-lived catch-phrase when it was released.
(7) Two of the screen writers associated with this project, James Fritzell and Everett
Greenbaum, wrote for Don previously in the 'Andy Griffith Show', as well as
wrote for such television sitcom's as 'The Odd Couple', 'M*A*S*H*', and 'Sanford
and Son'. (8) I'm sorry to say that Jesse Donald Knotts died of lung cancer on the 24th of February, 2006, in . Los
Honestly, if I had a stab at updating this flick, I'd sod the whole 'knock down the haunted house' premise, and replace it with Luther getting it on with that girl who played
(My God! Was she a stunner!) But that's not going to happen, is it? And all we
are left with is a very nice film with a very nice story and a cast of very
Nice. And that's all I can say on the matter. Nuff said.