How to Frame a Figg, starring Don Knotts
How to Frame a Figg is a long-time favorite Don Knotts movie. Don stars as Hollis Figg, one of the bookkeepers for the small, but corrupt, town of Dalton. In an attempt to frame someone else for their own shenanigans, the town leaders purchase a second-hand mainframe computer and fire everyone except Figg, who becomes responsible for running the computer, as well as becoming the fall guy for the town’s financial corruption —hence, the title. As you can likely guess, Don Knotts fights back in his own jittery way, eventually winning the day and the girl.
Some favorite bits include a graveyard scene, when Don Knotts is literally “digging up” secrets, and the battle with the extension cords at the end – truly hilarious, and laugh-out-loud funny.
Editorial review of How to Frame a Figg, starring Don Knotts, courtesy of Amazon.com
Tagline: Runaway hilarity when Don Knotts runs down City Hall…in search of the buried secrets of a gang of crooked politicians the movie the entire family will enjoy!
Plot Synopsis: Don Knotts is Hollis Figg, the dumbest bookkeeper in town. When the city fathers buy a second-hand computer to cover up their financial shenanigans, they promote Figg to look after things, knowing he’ll never catch on. Their plan backfires when Figg becomes self-important and accidentally discovers their plot.
Funny movie quotes from How to Frame a Figg
Mayor Robert Chisholm (Edward Andrews): [elevator grinds to a halt] Well, we cheated death again, Max.
Grace (Fay DeWitt): All right, which one of you wanted the clean menu?
Hollis Alexander Figg (Don Knotts): [looks around the apartment] How do you do all this on your salary?
Glorianna Hastings (Yvonne Craig): Uh, well, blue-chip stamps.
Cast of characters
- Don Knotts (The Andy Griffith Show, The Incredible Mr. Limpet) … Hollis Alexander Figg
- Joe Flynn (McHale’s Navy) … Kermit Sanderson
- Edward Andrews (The Strongest Man in the World, Gremlins) … Mayor Robert Chisholm
- Elaine Joyce (Bye Bye Birdie) … Ema Letha Kusic
- Yvonne Craig (Batman, In Like Flint) … Glorianna Hastings
- Frank Welker (Spawn) … Prentiss Gates
- Parker Fennelly (The Russians Are Comin) … Old Charley Spaulding
- Bill Zuckert (Ace Ventura) … Commissioner Henderson
- Pitt Herbert (Dear Brigitte) … Dr. Schmidt
- Robert P. Lieb … Commissioner Hayes
- Bob Hastings (No Deposit No Return, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm) … Chris Groat
- Bruce Kirby … Dale Groat
- Stuart Nisbet … Gentry Groat
- James Millhollin (Never a Dull Moment, No Time for Sergeants) … Funeral Director
- Fay DeWitt (I’ll Take Sweden) … Grace
- Savannah Bentley … Ethel Purvis
- Athena Lorde … Agnes
- Bill Quinn … Asst. Atty. Gen. John Carmoni
- John Archer (Destination Moon) … Gerard
- Eddie Quillan (Move Over Darling, Brigadoon) … Old Man
- Benny Rubin (The Red Skelton Show, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini) … Max
- Billy Sands … Bowling Alley Manager