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The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

Released 1966
Distributor Universal

A baby-boomer favorite from the mid-60’s Universal Studios assembly line. Fidgety small town typesetter Don Knotts spends the night in a haunted house and hilarity ensues. First in the series of comedies Knotts made for the big screen following his Emmy-winning role as Deputy Barney Fife of Mayberry. Vic Mizzy’s organ music score is a keeper. Knott’s TV co-star Andy Griffith godfathered this movie and contributed to the screenplay, an expansion of the 1963 Andy Griffith Show episode “Haunted House”, but insisted his Mayberry writers Everett Greenbaum and Jim Fritzell get sole credit.

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About Adam Rifkin

Adam Rifkin is the versatile writer/director known for writing family fare like Disney’s Underdog, Dreamwork’s MousehuntSmall Soldiers and Zoom. From his darker, grittier side Rifkin wrote and directed the cult hits The Dark BackwardDetroit Rock CityNight at the Golden Eagle, The Chase and his critically acclaimed and award winning surveillance drama Look.  Most recently Rifkin wrote and directed Reality Show,  a dark satire about the world of reality television that had its world premiere on the opening night of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. Follow Adam on Twitter Adam on Facebook