The Reluctant Astronaut is a 1967 film distributed by Universal Pictures. The film centers around fairground operator Roy Fleming (Don Knotts). At age 35, Roy still lives with his father, Buck Fleming (Arthur O'Connell) and mother, Mrs. Fleming (Jeanette Nolan). Because he has a fear of heights, Roy is not pleased when he learns that his father sent applied to NASA on Roy's behalf. He soon finds out NASA accepted him as a "WB-1074", though he does not know what that means. When he gets to Manned Spacecraft Center, he is told that he will be a janitor. Roy does not mind that he will be a janitor, but he does not want his family to know he is not an astronaut. So when his father decides to visit him, he puts on a spacesuit and pretends to be an astronaut. What happens next is a series of hilarious events, including Roy being called upon for a special mission.