Welcome back my spook friends, Count Baconula here. Today is one that is close to our hearts here at the Hotel Thompson. Today, we focus on one of the all time greatest movies, “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”. What, you don’t believe me when I say it’s scary? Let’s discuss shall we. What is a hero – snorts.
This movie came out in 1966 and starred Don Knotts as Luther Heggs. It starts off with Luther driving down the street and hearing screams of, “Murder, murder” from a neighbor. He takes pictures, gets the story from the neighbor and then goes to the local police station to report the crime. While he’s reporting the crime, who walks in but the local ‘victim’. The town thinks he’s a laughing joke. And to top everything off, the full time writer for the paper, Ollie Weaver, lives in the same boarding house as he does and tells everyone over breakfast the next morning about what Luther did the night before. This is also the time that you get to meet Ollie’s girlfriend, Alma Parker, who Luther has a secret crush with.
Poor Luther. He works as a newspaper typesetter and wants to be a reporter so bad. The staff of the newspaper want to increase sales and sees an opportunity for Luther to help out…even if it’s a joke Ollie challenges Luther to spend the night in the local haunted Simmons mansion on the 20th anniversary of the murders that took place in the home. The story was that Mr. Simmons murdered his wife and then jumped to his death from the organ loft of the home. Legend says that you can still hear the ghost of Mr. Simmons still playing the organ at night, a haunting macabre tune. Luther takes the bait and accepts the challenge of staying in the haunted house all by himself.
So the night comes and Luther goes into the haunted Simmons mansion. He looks around and you visibly see that he’s scared by his shaking. He settles down on the sofa in his sleeping bag for the night. At midnight, it starts. Luther hears the old organ begin to play from the loft. He goes up to the loft area and sees the organ playing the haunting melody by itself. He runs down the stairs and sees the painting of Mrs Simmons on the wall with hedge clippers sticking in it and ‘blood’ like material dripping out of it. The newspaper starts flying off the shelves of Luther’s story of his night in the haunted Simmons mansion. So much so that Nicholas Simmons (the nephew of the deceased couple) sues Luther for libel. When it goes to court, the judge orders the courtroom to the Simmons mansion at midnight to prove Luther’s story. Nothing happens and Luther looks like a fool.
Everyone leaves the house except for Luther who is moping around feeling sorry for himself. Soon after, the organ begins to play the haunting macabre tune from the loft area again. Luther runs upstairs and behold he sees Mr. Kelsey (who is the newspaper janitor) playing the old organ.
Mr. Kelsey and Luther talk about what happened and guess what? They confront Nicholas Simmons and we learn that he was the one that killed his aunt and uncle and have been trying to cover the story all of these years. How did he get away with the murders you ask? There was a secret passage from the study up to the organ loft that had been his alibi. Mr. Kelsey knew the secret and wanted Luther to be the one to open the case wide open. Just by luck, Luther knocks out Nicholas Simmons with a body slam and becomes the local hero.
And yes. Luther even got a girl out of the ordeal. He marries his secret crush, Alma Parker. As they say their “I do’s”, the organ starts playing all by itself the haunting macabre tune that was being played in the Simmons mansion.
It’s a great movie, one that is watched many times here at the Hotel Thompson. I’m attaching a clip of the movie for you take a look at for yourself. What do you think?
10/16/2013 at 1:11 am
Good choice, Bacon! One of my Halloween favorites. Since we’re talking classics, might I also suggest Arsenic & Old Lace with Cary Grant?
10/16/2013 at 6:59 am
An absolutely wonderful movie my friend! We also have that here as well at the Hotel Thompson. Dad is a huge movie fan – especially classics. One of his old favorite television series was Topper. Have you seen that? XOXO – Bacon
10/16/2013 at 4:27 pm
No, I haven’t seen the TV series Topper, but I’m going to add it to my list for sure! Thanks Bacon!
10/16/2013 at 4:30 pm
You are so welcome my friend. Let me know what you think. It’s one of dad’s favorites. XOXO – Bacon
10/16/2013 at 2:12 am
Oh Bacon you made my day..i loveeee the Ghost and Mr Chicken Don knots always makes me want to bring him home give him a good feed and a cuddle bwaahaahhaahahh also loved hi in the Reluctant Astronaut baaaaaa… great choice ! I have had a song in my head since I bought up Alice Cooper from an episode we had called” Bacon finds a pig sitter emo dude” and the song Cold Ethel…hahahahah 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xx
10/16/2013 at 6:56 am
PLOL (pig laughing out loud)! That song will be in my head now. Another Don Knotts movie that we like here at the Hotel Thompson is The Incredible Mr Limpet – a great movie! XOXO – Bacon
10/16/2013 at 7:25 am
Baaaaaa yes forgot about that one hahaaaha ..I still see him lurking behind the building while his family wave him goodbye thinking he’s blasting off…or the tube of peanut butter when he did end up in space ….cracks me up!! had our own spooky thing before just now tonight Bacon !!! boooooo : xxxx Fozziemum
10/16/2013 at 9:24 am
ooohhh – do tell my friend! XOXO – Bacon
10/16/2013 at 9:27 am
Welllll I was lying on the couch and Pickles and Cleo jumped up ..Pickles was staring at ‘fairies’ I wanted to take a little video of them snuggling and making bread (ouch) on me so I made one on my phone..when I played it back there are floaty things in the room…all over the place!! hugs Fozziemum xxx
10/16/2013 at 9:28 am
ooohhhh you had some orbs huh? Groovy my friend. That is so neat. I do believe we animals see things before you humans actually do – if ever. I’ve been known to look around the Hotel Thompson at times. Neat!! XOXO – Bacon
10/16/2013 at 9:32 am
Indeed my girls pick up on it everytime Bacon..i usually get a good idea something is up but this was super cool..i will post the video tomorrow..perfect Halloween stuff…:)Nite my friend have a great day hugs Fozziemumxx pee ess keep your piggie senses on alert 😉
10/16/2013 at 8:52 am
Oh that’s really a super movie for howl-o-ween! Thanks Count Baconula! But a haunted organ, that’s really scary! Fortunately we have no organ in my crib LOL Have a spooky wednesday!
10/16/2013 at 9:24 am
Thank goodness you don’t my friend. That would be super scary this time of year. XOXO – Bacon
Miss Harper Lee
10/16/2013 at 9:53 am
That’s a new one for my mommy. Now that we know there’s a happy ending, maybe we can watch it without getting too frightened. 🙂
10/16/2013 at 10:08 am
Oh my sweet friend. You have to check it out. It is one of the best movies ever. And, it’s not too scary. Please check it out 🙂 XOXO – Bacon
10/16/2013 at 10:32 am
I have watched this one many times. Just love this movie. And Don Knotts is so funny.
10/16/2013 at 10:52 am
It’s one of our favorites as well. Don Knotts did a lot of great movies during the day. Another of our favorite is The Incredible Mr. Limpet – snorts. XOXO – Bacon
10/16/2013 at 11:18 am
I have never seen it. Now I must. Thanks for the recommends! I am learning things from you!
10/16/2013 at 11:36 am
YAY my friend! I am so glad and touched. You have to watch this movie. It is way too funny! XOXO – Bacon
10/16/2013 at 11:46 am
I LOVE Don Knotts! He was my favorite from my childhood!
10/16/2013 at 12:36 pm
Us too! It was one of the best movies and very appropriate for my 31 Days of Spook. Some horror, some spook and some fun all rolled up in one great movie. XOXO – Bacon
10/16/2013 at 12:50 pm
hehehehe funny Bacon,xx Speedy
10/16/2013 at 1:32 pm
Thank you my sweet friend! XOXO – Bacon
10/17/2013 at 1:31 am
I have never seen “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”. I love old movies and shall check this one out 🙂
10/17/2013 at 8:51 am
Please do and let me know what you think. We love it here at the Hotel Thompson. There’s just enough comedy with mystery and spooks. XOXO – Bacon
10/18/2013 at 9:36 am
Dig that groovy soundtrack!!!