A Private's Affair
|A Private's Affair|
|Directed by||Raoul Walsh|
|Produced by||David Weisbart|
|Screenplay by||Winston Miller|
|Based on||a story by Ray Livingston Murphy|
|Music by||Cyril J. Mockridge|
|Cinematography||Charles G. Clarke|
|Edited by||Dorothy Spencer|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$1.5 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)|
At a dance, Luigi falls for Marie, a neighbor of Jerry, who in turn develops a romantic interest in Luigi's friend Louise. A WAC named Katie ends up accompanying Mike to the dance. The three G.I.s can sing and end up invited to perform on a New York television program, but Jerry becomes ill and is hospitalized.
Assistant Secretary to the Army Elizabeth Chapman, meanwhile, wants to keep a 6-year-old Dutch girl from being sent back to Holland after the girl's mother dies. Elizabeth decides to marry the girl's gravely injured father so she can assume custody of the child. By mistake, an unconscious Jerry is wheeled in and ends up wed to Elizabeth, who had no idea what the girl's dad looked like.
Chaos ensues, as Jerry is repeatedly arrested or brought to see psychiatrists when he claims to have been accidentally married to one of the top officers in the U.S. Army.
- Sal Mineo as Luigi J. Maresi
- Christine Carère as Marie
- Barry Coe as Jerry Morgan
- Barbara Eden as Sgt. Katie Mulligan
- Gary Crosby as Mike Conroy
- Terry Moore as Louise Wright
- Jim Backus as Jim Gordon
- Jessie Royce Landis as Elizabeth T. Chapman
- Robert Burton as Gen. Charles E. Hargrave
- Alan Hewitt as Maj. R.C. Hanley
- Bob Denver as MacIntosh
- Tige Andrews as Sgt. Pickerell
- Ray Montgomery as Capt. Hickman
- Rudolph Anders as Dr. Leyden
- Debbie Joyce as Magdalena
- The Volantes as Themselves
The movie was one of a number made by 20th Century Fox at the time aimed at the youth market using contract talent. Others included Holiday for Lovers and Blue Denim.
The film was meant to star Sheree North but she dropped out when she fell pregnant and was replaced by Barbara Eden, then best known for the TV series How to Marry a Millionaire. Filming began 1 April 1959.
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p252
- "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960; p. 34