Brand-New PSAs Starring the Lanes
Patty and Cathy Lane, identical cousins - in appearance only! - return for the third and final season of the sitcom DVD Talk declares "a light and sweet fantasy - the very definition of 'wholesome.'" Starring Academy Award-winner Patty Duke (1962, Supporting Actress, The Miracle Worker), this third season is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone like no other!
Now, for the first time ever, you can complete your collection of The Patty Duke Show with the final 32 hilarious episodes contained in this 6-DVD collection!
Frankie Avalon stops by the Lane house to make a phone call, but his quick stay is prolonged by a fogged-in-flight in "A Foggy Day in Brooklyn Heights." A misunderstanding leads Patty to believe an attractive young doctor has feelings for her in "Operation: Tonsils." Troy Donahue guest stars. Patty decides to throw a party in retaliation for Richard going to a party without her on the same night in "Partying is Such Sweet Sorrow." The Shindogs guest star. When Richard's parents go out of town, his stay as the Lanes' houseguest is bitterwsweet in "The Guest." When Patty decides to become a pop artist, no one can bear to tell her the truth about her artwork in "Our Daughter the Artist." Ronnie Schell guest stars as Louis. A shy classmate is given a quick lesson in self-confidence by the master herself - none other than Patty Lane in "Patty's Private Pygmalion."
When a friend of Martin's - who also happens to be an Interpol agent - visits the Lane household, Patty soon finds herself in the spy business in "The Girl from N.E.P.H.E.W." Patty becomes a reluctant witness in a traffic accident involving Richard in "I'll Be Seeing You." Richard's commitment to Patty is put to the ultimate test when Patty decides to pose as Cathy in "Patty and the Eternal Triangle." Amzie Strickland appears as Janice Harrison. With too much on her plate, Patty is held against her will from school after she comes down with a temperature in "Sick in Bed." Ross finds himself playing diplomat when Patty refuses to talk to Richard in "Ross, the Peacemaker." Patty gets a job at the hospital, which is bad news for Martin, who's recently become a patient in "Patty, the Candy Striper."
To prepare for their upcoming family vacation, the Lanes decide to camp out in the backyard in "Patty Meets the Great Outdoors." Kim Carnes guest stars as Joan and James Brolin appears as Hank. Cathy becomes disappointed when the family doesn't try to talk her out of applying to be a foreign exchange student in "Cathy Leaves Home -- But Not Really." Patty recruits the "help" of a new student for assistance with her history paper in "The History Paper Caper." Martin lays down the law by finally placing restrictive limits on Patty, Cath and Ross' phone calls in "A Very Phone-y Situation." While Martin and Natalie take a trip out of town for the weekend, Patty attemps to prove that she can handle being in charge in "Ross Runs Away -- But Not Far." A misunderstanding leads Patty and the family to buy Martin the wrong present for his birthday in "Poppo's Birthday."
An out-of-work trumpet player is given a temporary place to live until he can find a job, but after a taste of the Lanes' hospitality, it looks like he may not want to find job for a while in "Anywhere I Hang My Horn Is Home." Dick Gautier guest stars. Only after Patty volunteers her father as a guest speaker to her creative writing class does she realize she should've asked him first in "The Greatest Speaker in the Whole Wide World." With Richard's aid, Cathy takes on the role of Ross' protector against a bully at school in "Big Sister Is Watching." To earn extra money, Patty takes care of a dog that has an extensive list of odd requirements in "Patty Leads a Dog's Life." Patty creates a fictional new boyfriend after she's tricked into breaking up with Richard in "Too Young and Foolish to Go Steady." Patty finds herself in the middle of the Cold War after she receives a response to the letter she sent to the Soviet Union as a class project in "Patty, the Diplomat." Kathy Garver guest stars as Monica.
When Martin mistakenly thinks Patty's stayed out with an "older man" past her curfew, Patty begins to think her father no longer trusts her in "Do You Trust Your Daughter?" When Uncle Jed arrives, he puts a serious damper on Patty's first grown-up dinner patty in "A Vist From Uncle Jed." Kathy Garver, once again, appears as Monica. Patty lets Martin down again by forgetting to make a bank deposit for him, inspiring Martin to teach Patty a valuable lesson in "Don't Bank On It." Patty and Ross buy three kittens form the neighbors hoping to sell them for a profit, but their plans are interruped when the kittens get lost and are found by Cathy, Natalie and Martin. Clint Howard appears as Ralphie. After watching their friends do it, Patty and Richard make the decision to get married after gradution in "Fiancee For a Day." Ronnie Schell and Judy Carne guest star. Patty convinces Ross to do some chores for the cute new boy in town in order to get a date with him in "The Invisible Boy." Despite her real feelings for the president of the basketball club, Patty agrees to go on a date with him in order to give Ross a shot at getting into the club in "Do a Brother a Favor." Cathy encourages the family to play a prank on Patty, convincing her she has psychic abilities in "Patty, the Psychic."
All of the episodes appear to be unedited, with running times of over 25 minutes. There's nothing on the packaging indicating that any music was changed. Shout! Factory always does an excellent job clearing music. Here is the breakdown by disc, including the original airdates and exact runtimes:
A Foggy Day in Brooklyn Heights (09/15/65) (25:29)
Operation: Tonsils (09/22/65) (25:27)
Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow (09/29/65) (25:29)
The Guest (10/06/65) (25:30)
Our Daughter the Artist (10/13/65) (25:17)
Patty's Private Pygmalion (10/20/65) (25:28)
The Girl From N.E.P.H.E.W. (10/27/65) (25:28)
I'll Be Suing You (11/03/65) (25:28)
Patty and the Eternal Triangle (11/10/65) (25:28)
Sick in Bed (11/17/65) (25:10)
Ross, the Peacemaker (11/24/65) (25:28)
Patty, the Candy Striper (12/01/65) (25:28)
Patty Meets the Great Outdoors (12/08/65) (25:28)
Cathy Leaves Home -- But Not Really (12/15/65) (25:28)
The History Paper Caper (12/22/65) (25:18)
A Very Phon-y Situation (12/29/65) (25:29)
Ross Runs Away -- But Not Far (01/05/66) (25:28)
Poppo's Birthday (01/12/66) (25:29)
Anywhere I Hang My Horn Is Home (01/19/66) (25:29)
The Greatest Speaker in the Whole Wide World (01/26/66) (25:19)
Big Sister Is Watching (02/02/66) (25:27)
Patty Leads a Dog's Life (02/09/66) (25:29)
Too Young and Foolish to Go Steady (02/16/66) (25:27)
Patty, the Diplomat (02/23/66) (25:27)
Do You Trust Your Daughter? (03/02/66) (25:19)
A Vistt From Uncle Jed (03/09/66) (25:28)
Don't Bank On It (03/23/66) (25:29)
Three Little Kittens (04/06/66) (25:28)
Fiancee For a Day (04/13/66) (25:19)
The Invisible Boy (04/20/66) (25:29)
Do a Brother a Favor (04/27/66) (25:29)
Patty, the Psychic (05/04/66) (25:29)
The 6-disc set contains all 32 episodes from the third and final season (1965-66). Cathy and Patty are featured on the front of the outer cardboard box. A photo of Cathy is on the back of the box. A synopsis of the set, the bonus features and the DVD specs are provided. Inside, there are three slim cases that have a photo of Patty Duke in a red sweater, with each containing two discs. On the back of each slim case, there is a listing of all of the episodes on the discs in each case, along with original airdates. Different colored backgrounds are used. There is also a nice episode booklet that contains descriptions for each episode, along with select guest stars and all of the original airdates. A photo of the Lane family is on the cover and various other black & white and color photos are sprinkled throughout the booklet. The discs have a photo of Cathy and Patty and have a different colored background on each disc. Disc 1 is purple. Disc 2 is light brown. Disc 3 is green. Various photos of the cast are tinted in different colors underneath the discs. Each disc holds 6 episodes, except for Disc 6 which has the final 2 episodes of the series, as well as the bonus features.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are simple and easy to navigate. These are probably the best looking menus of the three seasons. They begin with various clips from the episodes in some animated television sets that lead to a static television set where more clips are played. The familiar and catchy theme song is played in the background and loops after about a minute. The Patty Duke Show is writen in a large font at the top of the screen and a blue background is used. There are options for Play All and Episodes on each menu. Disc 6 has a Bonus option. Play All is self explanatory. Episodes takes you to another menu where there are more video clips from each episode played in the television sets. Some groovy music from the show is played in the background. The episode you select is highlighted in green and turns light blue upon your selection.
Chapters are placed appropriately throughout each episode. Some promos for The Patty Duke Show - Seasons 1 and 2 and Father Knows Best - Season 1 play when you first insert Disc 1.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality is fine. Some other shows from the era, such as The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Bewitched, look a bit better than these episodes. It doesn't appear these episodes have been remastered, but all of them are watchable. They are a definite improvement over the syndication prints I saw years ago on Nick at Nite. There are some occasional scratches, lines, dirt and debris but no major problems. The episodes are presented in their original broadcast order and in black & white. For the closing logo enthusiasts, there are logos for United Artists Television and MGM with the lion's roar.
As was the case with the first two seasons, audio levels do fluctuate throughout the set. They had some great background and transition music and, of course, the memorable opening theme song. All of the original music appears to be included. Season three featured a new version of the theme song and a new laugh track. Each episode is closed-captioned. The special features may not be closed-captioned.
Seasons one and two had some new cast interviews and a featurette. This time we have the 1999 TV reunion movie and some new PSAs featuring the surviving cast members. Some cast commercials or the original pilot episode with Mark Miller as Martin and Charles Herbert as Ross would have been interesting to watch.
Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights - The Patty Duke Show Cast Reunion Movie (1:26:19) - This TV movie aired on CBS on April 27, 1999. Neal Israel was the writer. It reunited Patty Duke, Jean Byron, William Schallert, Jean Byron and Eddie Applegate. Cindy Williams played Sue Ellen. From Wikipedia: In Still Rockin', Patty and Richard married after high school, had a son, and were amicably divorced. Cathy is a widow living in Scotland and has a teenage son. Most of the plot revolves around Patty's old rival Sue Ellen's plans to buy Brooklyn Heights High School, raze it, and replace it with a mall, which is opposed by Patty, Cathy, and the rest of the family.
PSAs (4:03) - This is a new series of 7 public service announcements for socialsecurity.gov and Medicare. They feature Patty Duke, William Schallert, Paul O'Keefe and Eddie Applegate. These are interesting and fun to watch.
All 3 seasons and 104 episodes of The Patty Duke Show are now on DVD! This show certainly felt like it had a longer run. Shows these days have only about 22 episodes, but they were doing 30+ episode seasons back then. It had a good run on Nick at Nite from 1988-1993 where new and old generations of fans were able to watch it again. The show's popularity in syndication eventually led to the 1999 TV reunion movie, which is included on this set. Season three brought some changes to the show. They had a new version of the theme song and production of the show eventually moved to Hollywood and a new house was featured. There are some great guest stars this season like Frankie Avalon, Troy Donahue, Dick Gautier, Kathy Garver, Judy Carne, James Brolin and Kim Carnes in a small role.
Shout! Factory has done a fine job with the three seasons on DVD. It took them less than a year to complete the series. All of the episodes appeared to be unedited with the original music and in very good quality. They put together some entertaining new cast interviews and featurettes. The PSAs with the cast members are fun to watch. William Schallert is still going strong at age 88. With The Patty Duke Show wrapped up, it would be great to see Shout! Factory release some other MGM sitcoms such as Please Don't Eat the Daisies (featuring an Old English Sheepdog like The Patty Duke Show) and The Courtship of Eddie's Father in the future.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller
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