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A Ticklish Affair (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 18 August 1963 (USA)
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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Plot Keywords:

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

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It's more fun than marriage.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The destroyer shown near the beginning of the film, 677, is the USS McDermut. 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

Captain Hitchcock: It looks like a very nice family.
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Soundtracks

Love Is a Ticklish Affair
Sung by Jack Jones
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Music by George Stoll, Robert Van Eps
Arranged by Marty Paich
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A fun affair
5 October 2005 | by iloveperthSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moonwalk See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Euterpe See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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