Tammy Tell Me True

Tammy Tell Me True is a 1961 American Eastmancolor comedy film directed by Harry Keller and starring Sandra Dee and John Gavin, Charles Drake, Virginia Grey and Julia Meade.

Tammy Tell Me True
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byHarry Keller
Written byOscar Brodney
Based onTammy Tell Me True
by Cid Ricketts Sumner
Produced byRoss Hunter
StarringSandra Dee
John Gavin
Charles Drake
Virginia Grey
Julia Meade
CinematographyClifford Stine
Edited byOtto Ludwig
Music byPercy Faith
Ross Hunter Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • July 26, 1961 (1961-07-26) (New York City)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was based on Cid Ricketts Sumner's 1959 novel of the same name, which the New York Times had described as "a cheerful change of pace from current novels of conflict and depression".[1]


Tammy is waiting to hear from her lover Pete, who has gone to agricultural college. She decides to go to college to improve herself. Tammy becomes a paid companion for a crusty old lady and falls for a handsome man.



Sandra Dee was announced for the lead role in September 1960.[2]


The Chicago Tribune called it "calculated cuteness... relieved by a likeable performance from Sandra Dee."[3] The Washington Post called it "infinitely inferior to the first Tammy, everything about the film is false, especially the aggressive Sandra Dee, whose primpsy whimsy wardrobe cannot disguise the acquisitive gaze in her give-away eyes."[4]

In a 1974 interview, Gavin criticised the film but said it "haunts the tube like a permanent miasma. You can't do worse than that."[5]


  1. ^ CHARLOTTE CAPERS (29 Nov 1959). "Deep South Primitive: TAMMY TELL ME TRUE. By Cid Ricketts Sumner. 316, pp. Indianapolis and New York: The BobbsMerrill Company. $3.75". New York Times. p. BR62.
  2. ^ Hopper, Hedda. (Sep 16, 1960). "'Tammy' Film Sequel May Star Sandra Dee". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. d4.
  3. ^ TINEE, MAE (July 18, 1961). "Sandra Dee Is Likable in 'Tammy Tell Me True'". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. a4.
  4. ^ Richard L. Coe. (July 22, 1961). "Lighting Up Our History: Accent on History Three Immediate Factors". The Washington Post. p. C11.
  5. ^ Tom Donnelly (July 28, 1974). "John Gavin: One for the 'Seesaw': John Gavin: One for the 'Seesaw'". The Washington Post. p. L1.

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