The Patty Duke Show
Cathy Lane, teen-aged daughter of a globe-trotting journalist, comes to live at the home of her uncle, a newspaper editor in New York City. Curiously, Cathy is the spitting image of her uncle's daughter, Patty. Appearances aside, however, the urbane Cathy is nothing like her cousin Patty, who is the typical American teenager.
Series Fun Facts
- Goof (revealing mistake): In some very early episodes, the face of Patty Duke's stand-in can be briefly glimpsed.
- Patty Duke was only 16 when production began and thus it was decided to film the show in New York at the Chelsea Studios in Manhattan. New York's child labor laws were more liberal than…
[show]Patty Duke was only 16 when production began and thus it was decided to film the show in New York at the Chelsea Studios in Manhattan. New York's child labor laws were more liberal than California's--especially that state's Coogan Law (named after child actor Jackie Coogan), which regulated the working conditions of child actors. Filming in New York allowed Duke to work more hours per day, an advantage since she pretty much carried the show. Duke turned 18 during filming of the final (1965-66) season, and although the season started in New York, the whole production was moved to Hollywood by season's end much to the chagrin of Duke, who wished to stay in New York. Nevertheless, the setting of the series remained the same Brooklyn Heights neighborhood it had always been.
- The reason that Patty and Cathy looked exactly alike is because their fathers were identical twins, both played by William Schallert.