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The Patty Duke Show: Season 1

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Product Description

From 1963 to 1966, American audiences were treated to the weekly comic hijinks of identical twin cousins, Patty Lane, a normal American teenager living in Brooklyn Heights, New York and Cathy Lane, her Scottish cousin freshly arrived in the United States to finish her secondary schooling. Patty Duke, already an Academy Award-Winner for her role in The Miracle Worker, played the roles of both girls. The Patty Duke Show immediately won over television audiences and ran for three fun-filled seasons, totaling 104 hilarious episodes. For the first time all 36 episodes are available on DVD in this 6-disc set!

Bonus Features:

* A Look Back At The Patty Duke Show With Brand-New Cast Interviews

As The Patty Duke Show demonstrates, from its very first episode in 1963, there's no teenager, then or now, who more personified early-'60s American Teen than Patty Duke. And the hit sitcom is still as funny and endearing as ever--and lots of fun to watch as a whole season. Plus there's something else that can be appreciated a few decades after the fact: as the double star of The Patty Duke Show, playing trendy wisenheimer American Patty Lane, and her "identical cousin," the cultivated Cathy, who grew up in Scotland, Duke pulled double acting duty throughout the show, and her performances as each teen are enthusiastic and impressive.

Duke's smiling, open persona, and her ease with her costars, is one reason for the show's appeal. When playing Patty, she's given the '60s standard-issue role of Young Alien in a Teenage Human Body--speaking an unfamiliar language (Patty: "Would you swing an X here?" Dad: "I assume in some unknown language that means you want my signature") and following peculiar tribal customs (Younger brother Ross: "So what happens at a slumber party, anyway?" Mom: ""Everything but slumbering!"). Yet Patty is lovable, and the audience is always rooting for her, even though it's always hoped that Cathy, the cultured, well-behaved cousin, will "rub off" on Patty.

Duke was already a Broadway veteran and an Oscar® winner for The Miracle Worker when she starred in the show at age 16. As the fantastic documentary included here informs, the show's producers chose to shoot in New York, whose child-labor laws were more lax than California's, so that young Duke could work 12 hours on set instead of 5. And the doc shows just how much acting Duke really had to do. As the present-day Duke recalls, "They had to bring in 'real' teenagers to teach me how to do the dances, the latest craze," she says. "I was too busy working to know about any of that stuff." Also standouts are the veteran character actor William Schallert, who played Patty's bemused dad, and Paul O'Keefe as the bespectacled pesky younger brother, Ross. The show was the brainchild of TV powerhouse Sidney Sheldon, who went on to create I Dream of Jeannie and Hart to Hart. Sheldon wrote nearly every episode in the first season himself, honing his craft in the still relatively new TV format of sitcom. This boxed set is a treasure trove for any fans of '60s TV, or of Patty Duke--and that should include pretty much everyone. --A.T. Hurley

Special Features

A look back at The Patty Duke Show with brand-new cast interviews

Product Details

  • Actors: Patty Duke, Jean Byron, William Schallert, Paul O'Keefe
  • Directors: Stanley Prager
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 900 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ACKBU0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,336 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Patty Duke Show: Season 1" on IMDb

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By E. Hornaday on June 25, 2009
Format: DVD
Celebrations should be thrown at local `shake shops' with rock 'n roll blasting on the juke box for the first-ever DVD release of The Patty Duke Show!

The series was one of the best and most beloved Classic TV comedies from the 1960's. Shout!Factory is continuing its string of great Classic TV releases (including Father Knows Best, My Three Sons and The Donna Reed Show) by presenting the complete first season of this iconic series on DVD for the first time.

The Patty Duke Show aired on ABC beginning Sept. 18, 1963. It lasted 105 episodes spanning three seasons - all in glorious black and white!

One year before, Ms. Duke had won an Academy Award® for her portrayal of the blind, deaf and mute Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (at the time, she was the youngest person to have won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress). As a result, she was chosen for her own self-titled vehicle, which featured her in not one, but two prominent roles.

The series followed Patty Lane (Ms. Duke), a `normal' 60's teenager living in the Brooklyn Heights section of New York City, who loves boys, ice cream, and sleep-overs. Her father is the managing editor of the New York Chronicle. In the unaired Pilot, her "identical cousin" Cathy Lane (also portrayed by Duke), whose father also works for the Chronicle as a foreign correspondent, arrives in the U.S. from Scotland to live with Patty's family and attend secondary school.

The series was extremely popular with both teens and their parents, turning Ms. Duke into an early teenaged idol.

As an adult, Ms. Duke has documented her long struggle with mental illness. The brilliant star sadly disclosed that she also suffered abuse during the years this series was produced.
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What an unbelievable year 2009 has been for putting THE BEST 1960's television shows on dvd sets, and now added to this list FINALLY is "The Patty Duke Show"! Previously this year, Shout!Factory released "Peyton Place" and "Room 222", and the quality of the film on these two sets is like night and day. I contacted Shout! to find out if this "Patty Duke Show" dvd set will be beautifully restored and clean like "Peyton Place" or if it will be fuzzy and grainy like "Room 222". Shout! said they are putting out a good print of "The Patty Duke Show", and I hope "good" means really good like in Peyton Place good! They would not be more specific about the quality, so we will see when it's released on September 29, 2009.

"The Patty Duke Show" was tailor made for oscar-winning Patty Duke to play two teenage identical cousins going through High School together in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Patty Duke plays Patty Lane, who lives with her newspaper editor father, Martin Lane (William Schallert), her mother Natalie Lane (Jean Byron) and her younger brother Ross Lane (Paul O'Keefe). Patty has a steady boyfriend Richard Harrison (Eddie Applegate). Patty's father Martin, has a brother Kenneth Lane, who is a globe-trotting journalist, who happens to have a daughter named Cathy Lane (Patty Duke) who not only looks exactly like Patty , but is Patty's exact age. Cathy comes from Scotland to live with her Uncle Martin's family in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Even though Cathy and Patty look alike, sophisticated Cathy is nothing like her cousin Patty, who is the typical American teenager in 1963.

"The Patty Duke Show" ran for only 3 seasons from 1963 to 1966.
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Like everyone else here (and elsewhere!) I'm absolutely OVER the moon about the news of this release! If any show deserves to be made available to the masses, this is certainly one at the top of the list.

Tuning in, you'll see a very well-crafted show that focused on situations and people as opposed to jokes. I once read somewhere that The Patty Duke Show did for teenagers what the Dick Van Dyke Show did for sitcoms in general and I can see what the writer meant. The comedy and characters are genuine, the performances are grounded in reality, meaning you'll view the characters acting and reacting in believeable ways that aren't racheted up in the usual sitcom styles.

One thing that is quite amazing about the character of Patty is that she is not at all a 2 dimentional cut-out. Amazingly, the writers had Patty as a person who could be at various turns, kind, manipulative, sweet, egotistical, nice, a fire storm, caring, fierce, other words, Patty was played like a human being with faults galore but virtuous to the core. Cathy too (especially during the first 2 seasons) could be someone to contend with. For the most part, she was the sweet one for sure, but she was also the practical realist who was the one who kept Patty grounded with loving reprimands when needed. On rare occasions, she could take a rather unexpected turn and outmaneuver Patty when the situation called for it with astonishing results! Above all, neither girl was a wallflower- each was resourceful and never ever played to the idea of a girl being helpless without a guy around, in fact, they often were the ones to take charge of situations and if all else failed, well, Mom and Dad were there to step in- and isnt't that what family is all about?
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