This week in the Classic Film Series at the Portage, we’ll be screening a recently struck 35mm print of THE GHOST & MR. CHICKEN
The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket
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THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN
Directed by Alan Rafkin • 1966
At the end of the fifth season of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, Barney Fife took a job as a detective in Raleigh and Don Knotts, who played him, left the small town of Mayberry for the motion picture business. The show plugged along for another three (dreadful) seasons after Knotts departed, and though his output for the silver screen was uneven (sadly the most promising of those films, The Reluctant Astronaut and The Shakiest Gun in the West, are pretty dull), The Incredible Mr. Limpet, in which Knotts turns into a talking fish to escape his crazy wife, and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, which stars Knotts as a newspaper typesetter who spends the night at the house of an infamous murder/suicide per the request of his editor, are two of the most (secretly?) loved pieces of sixties cinema . Look out for a host of ANDY GRIFFITH and BEWITCHED regulars, and (hold on to your hats!) this one’s in S C O P E. (JA)
90 min • Universal Pictures • 35mm Techniscope from Universal
Talkartoon: “Swing You Sinners!” (1930, Dave Fleischer) – 16mm