Film: The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken is a 1964 comedy film starring Don Knotts. He plays Luther Heggs, a timid typesetter who gets the chance to become a reporter by spending a night in a house which was allegedly the site of a murder-suicide nearly twenty years before. After Luther claims the house is indeed haunted, the nephew of the deceased aims to continue his intended destruction of the house, but for what? Luther must solve the mystery or be branded a fraud.


Tropes:

  • The Alcoholic: Calver Weems, whose wife finally got fed up with it, and whacked him over the head with a wooden plank.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Ollie, to Alma.
  • Big Bad: Nicholas Simmons
  • The Chessmaster: Mr. Kelsey, who urges Luther to pursue the story, and talks Ollie and Beckett into letting Luther spend a night in the house. He is also revealed to be behind everything that occurs during Luther's night at the house, to bring Nicholas Simmons, the real villain, to justice.
  • CloudcuckooLander: Mrs. Maxwell and her occult group.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ollie, who makes a joke at Luther's expense whenever he can.
  • Henpecked Husband: Mr. Maxwell, whose wife owns 51% of the bank's stock.
  • Nervous Wreck: Luther, so much.
  • Running Gag: Many.
    • "And they used Bon-Ami!"
    • "Attaboy, Luther!" (or 'Judge', or 'Carl')
  • Those Two Guys: The two ladies from Luther's boarding house who argue about various things (such as the use of Bon-Ami on the bloodstained keys).


Alternative Title(s):

The Ghost And Mr Chicken