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The Patty Duke Show – Season Three (1965 – 1966/Final Season/Shout! Factory DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: B+     Episodes: A



Even the acting might of two Patty Dukes was not enough to best her competition during the 1965-66 television season.  During the program’s third season, The Patty Duke Show aired opposite The Virginian on NBC and newcomer Lost In Space on CBS. The series also had a poor lead in with the floundering, once hot Ozzie and Harriet. Despite Batman replacing Ozzie and Harriet in January of 1966, ABC had announced The Patty Duke Show’s cancellation the following month.  Another factor which possibly led to the show’s departure was the event of full color programming for the 1966-67 season.  Filming the split screen scenes between Patty and Cathy would have been expensive in color.  The series 104 episodes were announced for syndication in March of 1966.


Patty Duke said of the final season in The Washington Post (April 7, 1967), “The third year of the show was a drag.  By that time I was married (to TV director Harry Falk) so I had an outside life of my own.  I wasn’t at all sorry to see the series end.”


The final year’s episodes have a sunnier look as the series was now being filmed in Los Angeles rather than New York.  The series’ theme song was re-recorded with a bouncier beat.  The plots remain family friendly with Patty babysitting a dog in Patty Leads A Dog’s Life, William Schaller playing a dual role as kindly Uncle Jed in A Visit From Uncle Jed and Ross battling against his big sister in Ross Runs Away - But Not Far.


Audiences are treated to Duke singing Funny Little Butterflies, to promote her feature film Billie, in the episode Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow.  The series took a dramatic turn in Do You Trust Your Daughter? when Martin mistakenly thinks Patty broke curfew, this leads to a serious father-daughter trust issue.


The extras are a series of public service announcements the surviving cast members taped to promote filing for social security online.  The series’ 1999 reunion movie, Still Rockin’ In Brooklyn Heights – The Patty Duke Show is also included.  The movie, though predictable, is fun.  The picture and sound on the episodes are as good as the previous set and this special looks good too.  As with the series, viewers become totally engrossed in Duke’s performance in the film, forgetting the fact this is one actress playing two distinct personalities. 

This DVD collection is a delight for the entire family.



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-   Fred Grandinetti


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