Don Knotts, best known for his role as Barnie Fife as a deputy-sheriff on the Andy Griffith television show during the 1960’s, was a talented, comedic actor that inarguably set the stage and bar high for fellow comedians alike.
Knotts, unknown to many, actually popularized and successfully starred and filmed many of his own movies, so we’ve taken the time to compile some of his top movies and share them with you!
The Private Eyes
In a spoof of Sherlock Holmes, Knotts stars with Tim Conway is a stunningly hilarious comedic movie, with absolutely humorous props, comedic jokes, puns, and adventures that are sure to knock anyone out of their seats if they’re a true Knotts fan!
With Spooky surprises and witty-remarks, this film is most popular for truly showing Knotts creative and humorous side, while pleasing the audience with fun-filled action, discovery, and a little imagination!
This film puts the audience in and out of their seats with comedy as Knotts, an Inspector Winship and his accomplice Dr. Tart investigating a murder crime within a haunted mansion—sure to spook anyone out of their seats!
The Incredible Mr. Limpet
This movie starring Don Knotts is full of entertainment and imagination, fusing both real life actors and a cartoon experience to viewers!
Starring as a shy bookkeeper, Mr. Limpet somehow finds himself stuck and falling off a pier, and in turn morphing into a fish that comes back later to help the Navy track down and locate German U-Boats!
Filled with action and adventure, this is definitely one of Knotts best, most entertaining films! This movie is full of fantasy, but did not receive the greatest reviews by movie critics seeking much more exploration and film-definition considering it was not labeled or sold as a ‘full length film’.
The Apple Dumpling Gang
Starring again with Tim Conway, the Apple Dumpling Gang is an entertaining movie, starring Knotts as a frontier gambler, taking place in seemingly Wild West like time and place, finding himself entwined with the responsibility of caring for three orphaned kids.
After discovering he was not up to par with such a serious commitment, he decides to share the responsibility with his coach-driver. The story takes a twist when they discover the kids inheritance is worth a fortune, and they find themselves literally sitting on top of a fortune!
This film is plentiful of slapstick comedy, and Knotts along with Tim Conway dominate the screen in their wingmen like comedy performance, keeping the audience constantly laughing, entertained, and guessing what they’ll do next!
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
Knotts, starring as Luther Heggs is a typesetter for a local newspaper, yearning for his chance at making it big and being given a shot to be a journalist and reporter! After some hard luck and good work, he finally gets the opportunity and assignment to go sleep over in a house that’s believed to be haunted.
Filled with visual gags and comedy, Knotts brings plenty of laughs to the audience with his original, dry humor! This film includes plenty of adventure, and is sure to bring plenty of smiles and laughs to any aged-viewers, and really brings out the best in Knotts and allows him to show his audience his genuinely humorous personality and passion to entertain!
To top it all off, viewers may or may not be given the rare chance to enjoy the sights of a Playboy Bunny along the way, so hold tight in your seats and enjoy some more adventures with comedic star Don Knotts!
No Time for Sergeants
If you’re a fan of military movies, Don Knotts, or a bit of the two, then this is the perfect, classic comedy film to watch! Originated in a book, then play, TV show, and back to a film this is definitely one for the books!
Knotts is forcefully admitted to an Air Force base after dodging the draft notices him and his father receive on his farm, and in turn he winds up being ‘the most popular’ private to enter and serve the United States Air Force. From funny tidbits, latrine duty, playing with the SGT, to adventures in the sky, this is definitely a must-see for any true Don Knotts fans!