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Chitter Chatter => General Discussion => Topic started by: ChattyLMS on July 31, 2010, 10:15:56 PM

Title: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: ChattyLMS on July 31, 2010, 10:15:56 PM
I just watched Ghost and Mr Chicken this evening.  I hadn't watched it in a long time.  It was filmed at Universal Studios.   Was the Old Simmons Place the Norman Bates house?  Not the hotel but the house where Norman's "mother" lived.
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Monster Bob on July 31, 2010, 11:10:09 PM

Different house.

The MR. CHICKEN house (known as the Allison house) was built in the '40s for the film SO GOES MY LOVE with Don Ameche (as was the Munsters' house). The Allison House has similar characteristics to the PSYCHO house, but it is a different house altogether. Both the Allison house and the Munster house can be seen on the DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES TV show.
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: CreepysFan on August 01, 2010, 12:08:45 AM
 "Atta boy, Luther." I believe someone told me the guy who plays Ottis on Andy Griffith does that voice.  Don Knotts is hillarious in this.  "Calm, do murder and calm go together? Calm and murder?"  Not a fan of Andy, but i love this movie.
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Mike Scott on August 01, 2010, 10:01:17 AM
Here's the Allison house. It was also the Dowd house in "Harvey".

(http://a.imageshack.us/img822/1710/allisonhouse.jpg)
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Mike Scott on August 01, 2010, 10:14:48 AM
"Atta boy, Luther." I believe someone told me the guy who plays Ottis on Andy Griffith does that voice. 

Hal Smith was in the movie (playing a drunk, what else), but the "Atta boy" voice was Everett Greenbaum (sp?), one of the writers.

Not a fan of Andy, but i love this movie.

Andy was an uncredited writer/comedy consultant on "Ghost" (sort of a ghost writer).
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: ChattyLMS on August 01, 2010, 10:34:51 AM
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Andy was an uncredited writer/comedy consultant on "Ghost" (sort of a ghost writer).

ha  ha  ha.  That is so punny.

Bob, I didn't know any of that.  Did any of these houses survive the fire?
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Monster Bob on August 01, 2010, 12:05:40 PM

The fires didn't burn anything on Colonial Street as far as I know. However, the building you see has been torn up and rebuilt so many times, I doubt little on it is original (maybe the window trim, etc.)

The Munster house is all new and barely resembles its former self.
(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g107/backlotcharlie/zmunster_new.jpg)

As it was set for THE MUNSTERS...
(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g107/backlotcharlie/zmunsterhouse2.jpg)

One of my favorite photos of the "Munster" house, INSIDE on the soundstage for the filming of SO GOES MY LOVE...
(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g107/backlotcharlie/sogoesmylove_set5.jpg)

Here is the Allison (HARVEY/MR. CHICKEN) House being built in the mid 1940s...
(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g107/backlotcharlie/sogoesmylove_set1.jpg)

...and the Munster House being built in the 1940s, again for SO GOES MY LOVE...
(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g107/backlotcharlie/sogoesmylove_set2s.jpg)



Both houses in hundreds of other productions.
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: ChattyLMS on August 02, 2010, 11:08:38 AM
I love the pictures, Bob.  I don't like the new Munster house.  It doesn't look anything at all like the original.  The original blueprints must've been lost in the fire, too.   :-[
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Opera Ghost on August 02, 2010, 11:22:34 AM
I love the pictures, Bob.  I don't like the new Munster house.  It doesn't look anything at all like the original.  The original blueprints must've been lost in the fire, too.   :-[

Actually, as they are sets, the Munster House was remodelled/re-dressed for use on Wisteria Lane, for  "Desparate Housewives". It was not affected by the fire.
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Monsters For Sale on August 02, 2010, 01:30:39 PM
Here's the Allison house. It was also the Dowd house in "Harvey".

([url]http://a.imageshack.us/img822/1710/allisonhouse.jpg[/url])


You can catch glimpses of the top of the house in the Tom Hanks movie "The 'Burbs".
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: ChattyLMS on August 02, 2010, 02:36:15 PM
I like the Allison house!
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Most Horrible on August 03, 2010, 04:38:07 PM
I appreciate the photos! Fire? What fire? Please elaborate.

-a wonderful cast of characters as well as such a memorable line!

Atta boy, Luther!!
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Opera Ghost on August 03, 2010, 04:42:25 PM
I appreciate the photos! Fire? What fire? Please elaborate.

-a wonderful cast of characters as well as such a memorable line!

Atta boy, Luther!!

About two years ago, a couple of Stages and sets, and vaults were ravaged by fire when some newly roofed but not fireproofed material caught fire. Included was the Kongfrontation attraction. Universal replaced the sets and debuted them in June and in July the new Kong attraction. They are selectively replacing lost catalog items and elements on film and tape from movies and TV which were lost. Some things may not be replaced.

Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: ChattyLMS on August 03, 2010, 08:40:58 PM
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Some things may not be replaced
:'(
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Jscareshock on August 04, 2010, 07:58:13 AM
BURBS and GHOST AND MR CHICKEN--2 awesome movies!
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Most Horrible on August 05, 2010, 07:07:21 PM
About two years ago, a couple of Stages and sets, and vaults were ravaged by fire when some newly roofed but not fireproofed material caught fire. Included was the Kongfrontation attraction. Universal replaced the sets and debuted them in June and in July the new Kong attraction. They are selectively replacing lost catalog items and elements on film and tape from movies and TV which were lost. Some things may not be replaced.


Yes! Thank you for jogging my memory Opera Ghost! Now I remember! I have been on the Universal tour ride a couple of times and when I heard about the fire and the Kong attraction being one of the victim's I was rather sad. Now you'd THINK they would fireproof roofs in fact any building for that matter on a studio lot. Hellooo they have or had a Backdraft demo in the tour. ALSO you'd think archived material would have been in a safer storage area. Oh well. The local firemarshall must've had kittens.

~mew!
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: ChattyLMS on August 06, 2010, 09:43:52 AM
The old movies are made of a material that is highly flammable from what I've heard.  They catch fire really easily and they burn fast.   :'(
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Opera Ghost on August 06, 2010, 10:36:44 AM
The old movies are made of a material that is highly flammable from what I've heard.  They catch fire really easily and they burn fast.   :'(

You are referring to Nitrate, and I don't believe any of that which was lost was actually on Nitrate based stock, but I could be wrong. Most facilities now have moved films on this to vaults and locations designed to house Nitrate, which becomes explosive, when it powders.
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: ChattyLMS on August 06, 2010, 03:18:20 PM
OG - that is good to know and makes me feel better.
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Monsters For Sale on August 11, 2010, 12:56:31 AM

I looked up Universal Studios in the Life Photos and saw this image of the Allison House taken in 1963 (hiding behind the tree):

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=60d707f0f2839745&q=universal%20studios%20source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3Duniversal%2Bstudios%2Bsource:life%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1075%26bih%3D539%26tbs%3Disch:1 (http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=60d707f0f2839745&q=universal%20studios%20source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3Duniversal%2Bstudios%2Bsource:life%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1075%26bih%3D539%26tbs%3Disch:1)
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Mike Scott on August 11, 2010, 08:42:39 AM
I looked up Universal Studios in the Life Photos and saw this image of the Allison House taken in 1963

Cool! And the Munsters house just beyond.
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Minion on August 11, 2010, 09:25:22 AM
Hmmm... I wonder if I could convert one of my Psycho Mansion kits into the Ghost and Mr. Chicken house?

I'm trying to learn to play "The Haunted Organ" from the Ghost and Mr Chicken. Been working on it on and off for about a year. LOL
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Mike Scott on August 11, 2010, 09:43:50 AM
I'm trying to learn to play "The Haunted Organ" from the Ghost and Mr Chicken.


Come on, baby! Whee wahhh!
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Zu9zebQ2nEI/SxtIYjqcivI/AAAAAAAABxM/hpVq360GSO8/s400/don_ghost2.jpg)
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: ChattyLMS on August 11, 2010, 10:15:53 AM
Monsters for sale - Thank you for the great picture!  The only problem with it is that Wally or Beaver Cleaver should be mowing that lawn.

What do they use for cobwebs?  It looks like cotton candy.
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Mike Scott on August 11, 2010, 10:27:28 AM
What do they use for cobwebs?  It looks like cotton candy.

Very similar. Web spinners use something like rubber cement.
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: charp13 on August 11, 2010, 10:33:08 AM
Ok- Minion, that is a wonderful goal! I can't even play " My Wild Irish Rose" on my organ, which I've been trying to play for 12 years! My family would burst into flames if I played the Haunted Organ music!  But all this talk about the music made me buy it off the Vic Mizzy Itunes album. Maybe I can put an mp3 player behind my organ and pretend to play it!
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: ChattyLMS on August 11, 2010, 06:55:47 PM
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Vic Mizzy Itunes album

That sounds great, Charpie!

There's just one problem.  I'm not cool.  Ask my kids.  They will verify that for you.  I still don't know what exactly and Ipod is and I don't know what an Itune is either.
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Mike Scott on August 11, 2010, 07:02:31 PM
I still don't know what exactly and Ipod is and I don't know what an Itune is either.


So just go to the website and order the CD!
http://www.percepto.com/projects/015/ (http://www.percepto.com/projects/015/)
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Opera Ghost on August 11, 2010, 07:09:39 PM
So just go to the website and order the CD!
[url]http://www.percepto.com/projects/015/[/url] ([url]http://www.percepto.com/projects/015/[/url])


I got it a couple of months ago and love it
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Bogey on August 11, 2010, 08:22:57 PM
I got it a couple of months ago and love it

Top-shelf, for sure.
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: Haunted hearse on December 26, 2010, 07:08:24 PM
The reason so many people get the Simmons House and the Bates (psycho) House confussed, is that the Tower from the Simmons house was used in the building of the Bates House Facade.  Within a few years, however, the Tower was replicated back on the Simmons house facade.   There are a few shots I've seen from "Leave it to Beaver", where the Simmons House is missing it's iconic tower.  I believe the Simmons house would be later used in the "Animal House series" as the "Omega" House.
Title: Re: Ghost and Mr Chicken
Post by: ChattyLMS on December 26, 2010, 07:43:23 PM
Thanks, Haunted hearse!  I didn't know that!