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t1 | Tammy and The Bachelor
Director: Joseph Pevney
Screenplay: Cid Ricketts Sumner, Oscar Brodney
Producer: Ross Hunter
Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Walter Brennan, Leslie Nielsen, Mala Powers, Sidney Blackmer
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 89
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC )
Studio:  Universal Studios DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Jan 1993 Discs:  1 (DVD) []
Reviews:  This is perhaps the only romantic comedy that Leslie Nielsen ever made, and he does a great job of it. He was a real hunk in his younger years! I'm also a big fan of Debbie Reynolds' movies from the Fifties and Sixties, and this is one of her better ones. It was a big box-office hit in 1957 and continues to wear well as a romantic comedy, though, of course, the attitudes toward women and African Americans will seem very paternalistic to many people today (though very accurate to the times).
Tammy Tyree is an uneducated orphan living on a riverboat on the Mississippi with her moonshiner grandpa (Walter Brennan) when a private plane crashes near them. While nursing its pilot, Pete (Leslie Nielsen), back to health, Tammy falls in madly in love with him. But Pete sees Tammy as a child (she is 17 and he is about 30). He does promise her grandfather that if anything ever happens to Grandpa, Pete will take in Tammy.
Soon after Pete leaves, Tammy has to take him up on his promise, because Grandpa is caught red-handed operating his still and hauled off to jail. After a long, tiring walk, tugging her goat behind her, Tammy is amazed to encounter the, to her, opulent lifestyle of Pete and his parents and aunt, who live on a rundown Southern plantation. She is terribly disappointed to discover Pete is engaged, but the relationship is rocky, because Pete wants to grow prize-winning tomatoes and save the plantation, while his fiancée wants him to move to the big city and work at her rich daddy's corporation. Meanwhile, Pete's best friend has been in love with Pete's fiancée for years, and begins to make moves on both her and Tammy while Pete is preoccupied with his tomatoes.
The song, "Tammy's In Love," sung very pleasingly by Debbie Reynolds in the film, was a big hit the year the film came out. Debbie was probably in her early twenties at the time and very pretty and perky. I found it fascinating to see Fay Wray of King Kong fame playing Pete's fifty-something mother. She looks beautiful. Mildred Natwick, a delightful comic actress, plays Pete's aunt and adds a lot to the story. I love Walter Brennan, a hugely talented comic actor. His portrayal of Grandpa was both warm and funny.

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