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The Patty Duke Show - The Complete Second Season


TITLE: THE PATTY DUKE SHOW - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010 (Shout! Factory)
B&W/1964-1965
MSRP: $44.99
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 36
Running Time: approx. 15 hours
Runtime of Special Features: 15 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed-captioned
Special Features: Cast Interview; Patty Duke PSAs


Introduction:

They laughed alike, walked alike, and times even talked alike, but now just like the first season, the second season of The Patty Duke Show is available on DVD! All 36 episodes of the 1964-1965 season of the series that starred Patty Duke and Patty Duke (that isn’t a typo) as the two identical teenage cousins who were from very different backgrounds, yet very much alike. Patty was the typical American teenager and Cathy was the worldly and reserved one with the British accent. The series also starred William Schallert and Jean Byron as Patty’s parents, and Paul O’Keefe as Patty’s younger brother Ross. The series was created by Sidney Sheldon and William Asher, both of whom would eventually (before this series even ended) go on to separate (but similar) series I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched, which in a sense, were almost like cousins as well. But for now, these two-of-a-kind cousins are just making it through another season in The Complete Second Season of The Patty Duke Show.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Patty is torn between two boys in “The Green Eyed Monster.” In “Practice Makes Perfect,” Patty takes tuba lessons, but the rest of the family is less than thrilled with that idea. Patty takes on an advice column in “Simon Says,” but her advice, well, stinks. Patty seems to think that teenagers need a union in “Patty, the Organizer.” The new boy next door comes between the identical cousins in “The Boy Next Door.” Martin’s boss is running for political office in “Patty, the People’s Voice,” but Patty and Cathy support his opponent. Patty joins the Peace Corps (without the knowledge of her parents!) in “Patty and the Peace Corps.” Patty becomes a stock market guru in “This Little Patty Went to Market.”

In “Can Do Patty,” Patty’s attitude of volunteerism means that everybody is doing her volunteering FOR her. Patty is on the run from the mob in “Patty, the Witness.” Frank Sinatra, Jr. guest stars in “Every Girl Should Be Married.” In “The Perfect Hostess,” a third cousin comes in to town. George Gaynes guest stars. Patty gets to perform on stage next to Sal Mineo in “Patty Meets a Celebrity.” In “Patty and the Newspaper Game,” Patty is falling for a guy who may be replacing her own father at the newspaper! Ross is in for a surprise when he finds there will be no surprise birthday party for him in “Little Brother is Watching You.”

Sammy Davis, Jr. guest stars in “Will the Real Sammy Davis Please Hang Up,” where Patty tries to bring him to Brooklyn Heights. Robert Goulet guest stars in “Don’t Monkey with Mendel.” Richard begins to date Cathy when Patty ditches him in “Patty and the Cut-Rate Casanova.” Cathy writes a scathing letter to the editor of the newspaper in “Cathy, the Rebel,” but it turns out that the editor is her own uncle! Patty wants to learn to cook to impress Richard in “What’s Cooking, Cousin?” Cathy saves a baby from drowning in “My Cousin, the Heroine.” Can Patty keep quiet for a week? She bets that she can in “Patty, the Chatterbox.”


Packaging:

The cover art for the set has a snapshot of Cathy and Patty on the front, and on the back, there is a snapshot of the entire cast with the basic season information. Inside, there are three slim cases, with each containing two discs and each having the same picture of Patty (or is it Cathy? I’m not totally sure...) on the front. On the back of each slim case, there is a listing of all of the episodes on the discs in the case, along with original airdates. There is also an episode booklet that contains descriptions for each episode, along with guest stars and original airdates. The disc artwork is exactly the same as the cover art. Each disc contains six episodes, and all of the special features can be found on Disc 6.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu begins with animation related to the series, with the familiar theme song playing in the background. The main menu has various snapshots from the episodes, with options of Play All and Episodes (as well as Bonus on Disc 6). Play All is self explanatory. Episodes and Bonus takes you to another menu where all of the episodes (or special features) are listed, with all text. Chapters are placed appropriately throughout each episode.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio quality on the set is fine, although it doesn’t exactly stand out when compared to other series from the same era. There are some scratches on the episode and a few audio defects, but it isn’t all that bad. As was the case with the first season, audio levels do fluctuate throughout the set. All of the episodes are closed-captioned.

The episodes appear to be unedited, with each one running around 25:30. There were a few episodes that contained music, and as is typical with Shout! Factory releases, the episodes are complete with the music intact. It is always nice to see a studio that cares about original music. Runtimes are as follows:

Disc 1:
The Green-Eyed Monster (25:38)
Practice Makes Perfect (25:40)
Simon Says (25:37)
Patty, the Organizer (25:37)
Patty, the Pioneer (25:40)
The Boy Next Door (25:38)

Disc 2:
Patty, the People’s Voice (25:27)
The Greatest Psychologist in the World (25:37)
Patty and the Peace Corps (25:37)
How to Succeed in Romance (25:38)
Block that Statue (25:37)
This Little Patty Went to Market (25:28)

Disc 3:
Best Date in Town (25:36)
Can Do Patty (25:39)
Hi, Society (25:36)
Patty, the Witness (25:35)
Every Girl Should Be Married (25:41)
The Perfect Hostess (25:27)

Disc 4:
Patty Meets a Celebrity (25:37)
The Raffle (25:36)
Patty and the Newspaper Game (25:25)
Little Brother is Watching You (25:25)
Patty Pits Wits, Two Brits Hits (25:37)
It Takes a Heap of Livin’ (25:35)

Disc 5:
Will the Real Sammy Davis Please Hang Up? (25:38)
Don’t Monkey with Mendel (25:25)
Patty, the Practical Joker (25:37)
Patty, the Master Builder (25:39)
Patty and the Cut-Rate Casanova (25:36)
The Daughter Bit (25:37)

Disc 6:
Cathy, the Rebel (25:27)
Patty, the Folk Singer (25:36)
What’s Cooking, Cousin? (25:37)
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (25:36)
My Cousin the Heroine (25:36)
Patty, the Chatterbox (25:40)


Special Features:

The special features aren’t numerous, but there are two separate special features that can be found on Disc 6. First, we have a featurette called “Playing Identical Cousins” (6:30), where Patty Duke, Paul O’Keefe, William Schallert, and Eddie Applegate talk exclusively about how they did scenes containing both Patty and Cathy. As this series was in the days of black and white television, green screens (which would be used heavily on a series such as this one today) were not an option for the series, so the techniques used were a bit more physical and involved splicing film together. While it is an interesting feature, there are other things that the cast could have discussed in the interview besides just this aspect of the series.

Next, we have some public service announcements featuring Patty Duke for social security (2:22). These were made in 2009. One may think that this has little to do with the series at first, but actually, they are very much relevant. These feature Patty Duke playing her roles of Patty and Cathy, with the cousins discussing how to apply for social security benefits online, with one even showing Cathy calling Patty from Zanzibar and telling Patty about how she just applied for social security online from Zanzibar. These were certainly interesting to watch.


Final Comments:

This series isn’t bad at all, but I think one of the problems that it suffered is that it was difficult to write relevant plot lines focusing around identical cousins as the years went on. It was a novelty that really couldn’t go that far, and it is easy to see why the series only lasted for three seasons. Still, the nostalgia factor makes the series worth seeing. This series has a lasting place in pop culture, for sure. Aside from the lack of special features, there really isn’t anything to complain about with this set, and fans should be generally satisfied with this set... it is (unlike Patty and Cathy) ONE of a kind.


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 1.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 01/19/10

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