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Tammy and the Bachelor (1957): Tammy’s in Love!

Tammy: …And lived happily ever after. It’s like a fairy tale!

Tammy lives an isolated life with only her grandfather and a goat named Nan for company. One day Tammy and her grandpa find Peter Brent, the survivor of a plane crash, floating near their home. Although Pete regards her as a child, Tammy falls in love with him. Before going away Pete promises to help Tammy if she ever needs it. After her grandfather goes to jail for making moonshine, Tammy goes to live with Pete and his family. Of course, what follows is simple enough. Tammy’s charm and candour wins over everyone and she lives happily ever after.

Tammy and the Bachelor was released in 1957. It is the first movie of the ‘Tammy’ series. It was adapted from the book Tammy Out of Time by Cid Ricketts Sumner.

Tammy and the Bachelor is impossibly naive and sentimental. But I see it as a fairy tale. It’s not real, of course but it does make one feel good.

The movie makes me want to live in it. The woods near Tammy’s home

and Aunt Renie’s studio are especially tempting.

Debbie Reynolds looks too old to be playing a 17 year old girl but she is likeable, as always.

The first time I watched the movie,  I was amazed by how young Leslie Nielsen was! Of course, his voice and dialogue delivery have always been the same. This is the Leslie Nielsen from Airoplane!, Naked Gun and Spy Hard alright!

Acting wise, he seems kind of uncomfortable with himself and his dialogue delivery feels stifled.  But who cares when he looks this smashing?

A very young Craig Hill plays Pete’s best friend Ernie and he doesn’t look too shabby either.

The supporting cast includes the legendary Walter Brennan as Tammy’s grandfather. He is absent for most of the movie though.I loved Mildred Natwick as the artistic and slightly eccentric Aunt Renie!

Mala Powers looks really beautiful! I wonder why she never made it to the big leagues. She works perfectly as Pete’s snobby girlfriend Barbara.

Fay Wray plays Pete’s stern mother. She looks beautiful and fits her role perfectly although I do think she’s awfully young looking to be Leslie Nielsen’s mother.

Tammy and the Bachelor features one of my favourite songs from the 50’s, Tammy sung by Debbie Reynolds herself. Just like the movie the song too is terribly sentimental but so lovely!

Tammy and the Bachelor is such a feel good movie. I know it’s sentimental and full of stereotypes; Tammy’s act during the ‘Pilgrimage Week’ comes particularly to mind.

But I love watching this movie. Whenever I am blue this movie pulls me out of it, even if only for a little while. Sometimes you do need a little sentimentality in your life.

(This review is offered as a part of  Tuesday’s Overlooked (or Forgotten) Films  hosted by Todd Mason at his blog Sweet Freedom)

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