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Ruth Brooks Flippen (screenplay)
Barbara Luther (story)
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18 August 1963 (USA) See more »
It's more fun than marriage.
The SOS from the boys upstairs bedroom is made by a Navy Signal Lamp, which was a gift from Uncle Cy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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  (in credits order)

Shirley Jones ... Amy Martin

Gig Young ... Key Weedon

Red Buttons ... Flight Officer Simon 'Uncle Cy' Shelley

Carolyn Jones ... Tandy Martin

Edgar Buchanan ... Captain Martin / Gramps

Eddie Applegate ... Yeoman Corker Bell

Edward Platt ... Captain Haven Hitchcock

Bill Mumy ... Alex Martin (as Billy Mumy)
Bryan Russell ... Luke Martin

Robert Foulk ... Policeman

Milton Frome ... Fireman
Peter Robbins ... Grover Martin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brian Avery ... Signalman (uncredited)

Tol Avery ... Charlie (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Observer at Car (uncredited)
John Brennan ... Officer (uncredited)
John Burnside ... Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)

Gene Coogan ... Military Officer (uncredited)
Bill Couch ... Clyde (uncredited)
Ken Delo ... Crewman (uncredited)
Dennis Durney ... Signalman (uncredited)
Michael Galloway ... Lt. Burke (uncredited)

Jack Grinnage ... Seaman (uncredited)
Barnaby Hale ... Cmdr. Landry (uncredited)
Hap Holmwood ... Officer (uncredited)

Loren Janes ... Hayward (uncredited)

Ron Nyman ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jean Ransome ... Observer at Scene (uncredited)
Ralph Reed ... Seaman (uncredited)

Mitchell Rhein ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)
Clifford Sales ... Seaman (uncredited)
James W. Standridge ... U.S. Navy Signalman on Ship (uncredited)
Norman Stevans ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ken Wales ... Seaman Harris (uncredited)
Bill Welsh ... Carson (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Bill (uncredited)

John Willis ... Television Interviewer (uncredited)

Directed by
George Sidney 
Writing credits
Ruth Brooks Flippen (screenplay)

Barbara Luther (story "Moon Walk")

Produced by
Joe Pasternak .... producer
Original Music by
George Stoll 
Robert Van Eps (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner 
Film Editing by
John McSweeney Jr. 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno 
George W. Davis 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason 
Henry Grace 
Costume Design by
Kitty Mager 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George R. Batcheller Jr. .... assistant director (as George Batcheller)
Eli Dunn .... assistant director
Al Jennings .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Visual Effects by
J. McMillan Johnson .... special visual effects
Felix Silla .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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88 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Crew or equipment visible: When Grover is floating around in the balloon harness towards the end of the film, when he nears a building with a brick facade, you can see a shadow of the rigging being used above the balloons on the brick wall.See more »
Captain Hitchcock:It looks like a very nice family.See more »
Love Is a Ticklish AffairSee more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
In the Navy, 31 March 2008
Author: cougarblue from United States

The 50's were great for the innocent, light, sexually tease, brand of movies. It could be Doris Day, (and normally was) or some other picturesque actress, add in a simple story of man chases woman until she catches him, and you have 90 minutes of perfectly good escape. Shirley Jones isn't new to acting, yet she has a hard time adding emotion to her words, either appearing to be too blasé or going overboard, but who cares, she looks spectacular, in short-shorts even. Without the out of focus facial look Doris insisted upon, you get to see just how beautiful Ms. Jones was and is. I still don't know what Doris looks like after seeing all her movies. Gig Young plays a smooth talking, got the world under control, Navy Commander, with the "I don't want to get married, and if I did, I want my own kids" by-line. Shirley is a widow with three boys having a "I wanna stay in one place, I'll never marry into the Navy again" by-line. You combine the two with some great character parts, Red Buttons who is always great, and Edger Buchanan who is just fun as the father-in-law, and boy's grandfather. Carolyn Jones is just plain creepy, in every movie, a perfect Adams wife, but not the best friend/sister-in- law. Eve Arden would have been wonderful. I love Gig Young, but knowing the guy *died of alcoholism, I'm starting to think part of that on-screen smoothness was due to a few scotches he knocked down in the trailer. If you can pick up a copy when it comes out in DVD do so, or catch it on TMC. Its well worth it. *Before someone feels a need to correct me, I'm aware Gig Young's life ended in a very tragic shooting (murder/suicide). To those who knew Gig, it was alcoholism that perpetuated the incident resulting in the death of his wife and then Gig's. He had been an alcoholic for more than 20 years.

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