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A Ticklish Affair is a 1963 film directed by George Sidney. It stars Shirley Jones, Gig Young and Red Buttons.

Commander Key Weedon (Young), a pilot with the U.S. Navy, is sent to investigate an S.O.S. emergency signal. He discovers it is the doing of a six-year-old boy, Grover Martin, whose Uncle Simon (Buttons), an airline pilot, gave the boy a blinker light as a gift. The child's mother, Amy (Jones), is an attractive widow, and Key develops an immediate interest in her. But he will have to work hard to win Amy over.


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This film features examples of:

  • Balloonacy: Uncle Simon ends up tying Grover and his brothers to helium balloons to fly them as one would a kite. Unfortunately, Grover cuts his tether and he goes floating for miles over San Diego.
  • Cool Uncle: Simon does himself to his nephew, even if his outlandish gifts end up putting the latter in trouble.
  • Romancing the Widow: Key develops an immediate interest in the attractive widow Amy.
  • Military Brat: Amy is a military child, and missed not having permanent "roots". This results in her not wanting a permanent relationship with a military officer because they are constantly on the move.

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