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TCNW 735: Ghost and Mr. Chicken Review

Two Chairs No Waiting
Two Chairs No Waiting

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:44:05

Almost 12 years ago I did a podcast about the wonderful Don Knotts movie, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, and I think it’s time to review it again. The movie came on MeTV this past weekend during “Svengoolie” and I watched it along with fans all across the country. Facebook and other social media was buzzing with comments and, while I have the DVD, there’s something about being part of the audience along with fellow fans.

Set in Rachel Kansas, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken is in my opinion one of Don Knotts‘ best movies. I likely believe that because so many Mayberry townsfolk show up throughout and it’s Mr. Knotts first movie after leaving The Andy Griffith Show.

Don Knotts plays Luther Heggs but basically he’s playing “Barney Fife” by another name because the character acts almost exactly like Barn. The movie was written by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum who co-wrote 29 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and one episode of Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.. Andy Griffith also helped re-write the script but is uncredited for his efforts.

(NOTE: Fritzell and Greenbaum DID write the episode “The Darling Baby” when the name “Halcyon Loretta Winslow” was mentioned. Likely where the name “Halcyon Maxwell” came from for Reta Shaw’s character.)

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