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Tammy Tell Me True (1961)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 July 1961 (USA)
Tammy leaves the river in Mississippi to attend college, developing a relationship with Tom Freeman (John Gavin). Sandra Dee replaces Debbie Reynolds in this and the third Tammy movie. This... See full summary »


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Oscar Brodney (screenplay), Cid Ricketts Sumner (novel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Dee ... Tammy Tyree
John Gavin ... Thomas 'Tom' Freeman
Charles Drake ... Buford Woodly
Virginia Grey ... Miss Jenks
Julia Meade ... Suzanne Rook
Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Annie Rook Call
Cecil Kellaway ... Captain Joe
Edgar Buchanan ... Judge Carver
Gigi Perreau ... Rita
Juanita Moore ... Della
Hayden Rorke ... Joshua Welling
Ward Ramsey Ward Ramsey ... Caleb Slade
Henry Corden ... Captain Armand
Don Dorrell Don Dorrell ... Roger
Pat McNulty Pat McNulty ... Joan


Tammy leaves the river in Mississippi to attend college, developing a relationship with Tom Freeman (John Gavin). Sandra Dee replaces Debbie Reynolds in this and the third Tammy movie. This film introduces both a new theme song, "Tammy Tell Me True", and the character of Mrs. Annie Call, played by veteran Beulah Bondi. Mrs. Call ultimately moves in with Tammy at the Ellen B. and would be the catalyst for the events in the following film, "Tammy and The Doctor". Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

26 July 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Com Amor no Coração See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Referenced in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993) See more »


Tammy, Tell Me True
Written by Dorothy Squires
Sung by Sandra Dee
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Monstrous enjoyable.
1 March 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Back in 1957, Debbie Reynolds starred as the title character in "Tammy and the Bachelor", a sweet story about a backwoods girl who is a bit like a fish out of water when she comes in contact with citified folks.

This story picks up after the first. Tammy's boyfriend is off at college but inexplicably hasn't contacted her in some time. This is pretty inconsistent with the last film, as he appeared ready to marry her when it ended. Regardless, instead of just sitting back and waiting, Tammy decides she needs some education about the English language, as her backwoods talk sets her apart from everyone. Oddly, instead of going to grade school or high school, she decides on college and is accepted there as a special student.

One of the first persons she meets there is a young instructor. Tom Freeman (John Gavin) is quite taken by her and this handsome guy becomes more and more smitten by Tammy through the course of the film. It's obvious why, as although unschooled and unsophisticated, she is incredibly sweet and abounds with wisdom and charm. And, it's not only Tom who falls for her, but a very cranky old lady (Beulah Bondi) soon succumbs to her charms as well and they become friends AND roommates on Tammy's riverboat. What's next? See the film for yourself!

This is a film that is utterly charming and simply fun to watch. Is it deep entertainment? Nope...but it is quite enjoyable and is a nice sequel even if Debbie Reynolds didn't star in this one (probably because she was a bit old for this role). And, if you, too, like the film, there is another Tammy movie starring Sandra Dee, "Tammy and the Doctor".

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