tammy and the bachelor
the year: 1957
the genre: comedy
the cast: Debbie Reynolds (Tambrey "Tammy" Tyree); Leslie Nielsen (Peter Brent); Walter Brennan (John "Grampa" Dinwitty); Mildred Natwick (Aunt Renie)
the plot: When Pete's plane crashes in the swamp, he's rescued by young Tammy, an unsophisticated backwoods girl who lives with her lay-preacher/moonshiner grandfather. When Pete's well, he goes back home to his fiancée. But then Grampa gets sent to jail and he sends Tammy to stay with Pete. At Pete's house, Tammy's home cooking, enthusiasm and quaint sunshiny personality bring about changes in Pete's family and in Pete himself.
don't miss: Aunt Renie's paintings.
did you know: when the movie was initially released, it fared poorly in theaters. On a whim, the studio released Debbie Reynold's song "Tammy" from the movie. The song spent 23 weeks on the "Top 40" charts, and was #1 for five weeks. After the success of the song, the studio rereleased the film. It did MUCH better.
listen for: "She loves him for richer...but not for poorer!"
extra bonus points: if you recognize the actress who played Peter's mother and know why she's famous.
also listen for: "I'm not a wolf-on-the-make Pete."
count: Leslie Nielsen's dimples. (sigh.) He was a looker at this age.
you can watch the movie in parts, starting here.