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The multi-talented Patty Duke kicks off her famous series with her identical cousin first flying across the Atlantic from Scotland to enter into the lives of the Lane family in Brooklyn. * Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Black and White, 1963, 29 Minutes.) #PattyDuke #ThePattyDukeShow #TV #Television #TVShows #TelevisionShows #TVInTheUS #TelevisionInTheUS #BabyBoomers #60s #The60s #1960s #The1960s #Sixties #TheNineteenSixties #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
The Patty Duke Show was an American sitcom that ran on ABC from September 18, 1963, to April 27, 1966, with reruns airing through August 31. The show was created as a vehicle for rising star Patty Duke. A total of 105 black-and-white episodes were produced, 104 of them airing over three seasons. Most episodes were written by either Sidney Sheldon or William Asher, the show's creators. The ABC network was interested in producing a show with Duke as the star, but had no concept of what the show was to be about. Producer and writer Sidney Sheldon asked Duke to spend a week with his family at their home to generate ideas. During this time he noticed that Duke had two distinct sides to her personality (later in life she would be diagnosed as manic-depressive), and so came up with the concept of identical paternal cousins with contrasting personalities. According to Duke, he successfully captured her personality in the two characters. The dual role for Duke challenged special effects for its time, considering that television special effects were rare in the early 1960s, particularly for a sitcom. In all episodes, Duke appeared as both characters in the same frame through use of a split-screen effect. The technically ambitious traveling matte process was also used from time to time, particularly in the pilot. To complement these effects, child actress Rita McLaughlin was used as Duke's double (almost always seen only from behind). To differentiate the two characters to the viewing public, the character Patty wore a flip-fall hairpiece, while Cathy's character wore a more conservative turn-under hairstyle. During preproduction, Duke learned a true Scottish burr for the Cathy character. The producers became concerned that the viewers would not like or understand her with such a profound accent, so they decided on a general European “anyplace but America” accent that Duke would perform for Cathy henceforth. Repeats of The Patty Duke Show entered local markets as early as September 1966, days after exiting ABC prime time. It remained a mainstay of daytime independent station programming well into the 1970s. A new generation of viewers was introduced to the series by Nick at Nite cable, broadcasting a lengthy five-year prime time run from September 19, 1988 to August 30, 1993.