The 1966 Universal comedy feature was directed by veteran television director Alan Rafkin. Veteran television writers Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum wrote the screenplay for “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.”
The source orchestral music for Rafkin’s film was composed by veteran music composer Vic Mizzy, who also composed the source score for William Castle’s Universal thriller, “The Night Walker” (1964, with Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor). Mizzy was also famous for his original source music score of the hit TV series adaptation of “The Addams Family” (1964-66).
This will mark Sven’s sixth broadcast of “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” (1966) on Me-TV. He had previously featured Rafkin’s spook comedy on his coast-to-coast showcase back in Nov. 2011, July 2012, Nov. 2014, April 2015 and Oct. 2017.
Who was in “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” (1966)?
The players who appeared in “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” (1966) were Don Knotts (as Luther Heggs, this would be Knotts’ first feature after leaving “The Andy Griffith Show” in 1965; Knotts played Deputy Barney Fife on Griffith’s series from 1960-65), Joan Staley (as Alma Parker), Dick Sargent (as George Beckett, Sargent would later play the second “Darrin Stephens” on “Bewitched” from 1969 until the conclusion of the series in 1972), Reta Shaw (as Mrs. Halcyon Maxwell), Hal Smith (in an uncredited role as Calver Weems; Smith played the role of Mayberry town drunk Otis Campbell on “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1960-66), Dick Wilson (in an uncredited role as a bandleader/bandmaster, Wilson was also known for his role of “Mr. Whipple” in TV commercials for Procter & Gamble’s “Charmin” toilet paper line from 1964-1985), Skip Homeier (as Ollie Weaver), Liam Redmond (as Kelsey) and Philip Ober (as Nicholas Simmons).