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A Ticklish Affair (1963)

When the kids of a young widow inadvertently send an SOS while playing with their uncle Cy's Navy Signal Lamp, the Navy sends their top man to investigate and he falls for their mother.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Ruth Brooks Flippen (screenplay), Barbara Luther (story "Moon Walk")
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
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 Peter Robbins ... Grover Martin
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Storyline

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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navy | widow | mother | chance meeting | See All (4) »

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It's more fun than marriage.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine kitzlige Sache See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Euterpe See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally announced as a Jean Simmons vehicle titled "Moon Walk". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Tandy Martin: You've been in drydock too long, my dear.
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Soundtracks

Love Is a Ticklish Affair
Written by George Stoll, Robert Van Eps, Harold Adamson
Sung by Jack Jones
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It is (literally) the same old story everywhere!
14 July 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Perky, pretty San Diego widow with shapely legs attracts the attention of a bachelor Commander with the US Navy. The fact she has three rowdy young boys doesn't seem to bother him; rather, he's anxious to become a father to this happy brood, while the kids work overtime trying to fix Mom up with the uniformed catch. Breezy comedy with familiar ingredients seems to take place in La-La Land--a plastic paradise--wherein an unmarried man cannot come to the aid of an unmarried woman without coy romance hanging in the air. Shirley Jones (perhaps substituting for Doris Day or Debbie Reynolds) is convincing as a young mother, but she seems a bit tense with Gig Young, who looks nonplussed throughout. Better are the alternate couple, a frisky Red Buttons and Carolyn Jones. The prolonged finale--with Shirley's youngest taking off over the city by way of some helium-filled balloons--is probably the most memorable aspect of the picture, not the characters nor the love story. ** from ****


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