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"Tammy and the Bachelor" (1957)
Sentimental and sugary late `50's comedy with wonderful performances throughout, "Tammy and the Bachelor" is one of those movies that you simply cannot help but enjoy watching again and again! The plot involves a handsome, young man who has just crashed his plane in some backwoods swamp.Read more ›
Taken chronologically, the first film "Tammy and the Bachelor" was released in 1957. Producer Hunter borrowed Debbie Reynolds, who was under contract to MGM, to play Tammy Tyree (short for Tambey which means immortal). This was a big A-budget film in Technicolor and CinemaScope. I am sure he knew that if he didn't have a "Tammy", he didn't have a movie.
Reynolds is a delight as the truth-telling, blunt river girl who finds herself sharing lodgings with the Brent family. Leslie Nielson is the very handsome pilot who crashes a plane in a swamp and is rescued by Tammy and her grandfather (Walter Brennan). A lot of viewers seem to remember that the Brents were rich, but they actually didn't have much money. Son Peter (the "Bachelor" of the title) was trying to find a way to make the land pay for itself. The only income the family had was from the tourist trade who visited their mansion each year. When Grandpa is thrown in jail by the revenuers, Tammy hitchhikes with her goat Nanny to BrentWood.
Most of the story is taken up with fish out of water scenes, but this is the type of comedy that Reynolds excels in. The supporting cast is excellent, with fine turns by Fay Wray, Mildred Natwick, Sidney Blackmer, Phil Ober, and Mala Powers.
Reynolds especially impresses in a sincere scene at the tourist gathering where she "improvises" a story about the dress she is wearing and her arrival at the house in the previous century.Read more ›
While Sandra Dee made the character of Tammy one of her most fondly-remembered, it's Debbie Reynolds who truly owns the role. In the classic original TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR (filmed in 1957 and based on the book by Mrs Cid Ricketts Sumner), we first meet Tambrey "Tammy" Tyree, the backwoods girl who falls in love with handsome Peter Brent (Leslie Nielsen) after his plane crashes near her home. When her grandfather is arrested for bootlegging, cow-eyed Tammy follows Peter back to his family estate, where her rustic, homespun values get her into a mess of trouble. The movie is best-known for it's Academy Award-nominated song ("Tammy") written by Jay Livingston, sung over the main titles by the Ames Brothers, and later reprised in the film itself by Debbie Reynolds. The cast also boasts Mildred Natwick, Fay Wray, Walter Brennan and Mala Powers.
TAMMY TELL ME TRUE was released a few years later in 1961. With Debbie Reynolds unable to reprise the role, Universal contract starlet Sandra Dee took over for the continuing adventures of Tammy. Wanting to experience a proper education, Tammy takes her houseboat down the river and enrols at Seminola College. There, she warms the heart of crusty widow Mrs Annie Call (Beulah Bondi) and falls head over heels for teacher Mr Freeman (John Gavin). Look closely for Dee's "Imitation of Life" costar Juanita Moore; plus Julia Meade and Virginia Grey.
Finally in TAMMY AND THE DOCTOR (1963), Sandra Dee returns as Tammy, with her object of affection (the doctor of the title) played by an up-and-coming Peter Fonda.Read more ›
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I love old movies. Debbie Reynolds is so charming in Tammy and the Bachelor. I have always like Sandra Dee. Read morePublished 3 days ago by StormyBlue
A really nice collection. Due by was so cute as the original Tammy. Sandra Dee was a perfect replacement.Published 4 days ago by Sandra D.
I havent watched all the movies yet, but I bought this for Tammy and the Bachelor. so bonus movies I cant go wrongPublished 12 days ago by David H.
Tammy and the Bachelor: Color
One of my old favorites, Debbie Reynolds when she was a very young woman.
Just a sweet, old-fashioned, 1957 love story. Read more
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