The SOS from the boys upstairs bedroom is made by a Navy Signal Lamp, which was a gift from Uncle Cy.

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Amy Martin
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Key Weedon
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Flight Officer Simon 'Uncle Cy' Shelley
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Tandy Martin
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Captain Martin / Gramps
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Yeoman Corker Bell
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Captain Haven Hitchcock
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Alex Martin (as Billy Mumy)
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Luke Martin
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Grover Martin
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A young widow Amy Martin with three young boys is investigated by the Navy after one of her children inadvertently sends out a distress signal in Morse code by the blinds on his upstairs bedroom window. Commander Weedon and crew observe the signal from their ship and investigates. He falls for the young mother and proposes marriage. However, she is reluctant to have her family live out of a suitcase and initially declines. Gramps tries to bring her on board to sail the sea of love with the commander. Written by alfiehitchie

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It's more fun than marriage.

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18 August 1963 (USA)  »

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The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier shown in the rescue effort at the end of the film is the U.S.S. Coral Sea (CV-43). The only other identifiable U.S. Navy ship noted is the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Helena (CA-75). See more »

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Shirley Jones' hairstyles during and after Grover's escapade, goes from straight/flat, to flipped up, to very wavy, back to straight/flat. Hair color also seems to vary. See more »

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Tandy Martin: You've been in drydock too long, my dear.
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Love Is a Ticklish Affair
Written by George Stoll, Robert Van Eps, Harold Adamson
Sung by Jack Jones
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A fun affair
5 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those early 1960's movies where you have to suspend disbelief for ninety minutes, but it's well worth it. Shirley Jones is the widowed mother of three rowdy little boys and Gig Young is the naval commander that she falls in love with and vice versa. Red Buttons and Carolyn Jones are very good in their supporting roles. The ending is appropriately wacky (weather balloons!), fun and heartwarming with a little drama thrown in for good measure. 'A Ticklish Affair' is not a movie that a jaded cynic will enjoy, but if you like 60's romantic family comedies then I highly recommend this one. I happened to catch this one on Turner Classic Movies by accident and I'm so happy I taped it. I was smiling like crazy by the end. Great movie.


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