I was too young to remember The Patty Duke Show‘s initial run, but I loved seeing it in reruns. Not only is Patty Duke a truly enjoyable actress, I also love identical twin movies and shows. That’s part of why I adore the original version The Parent Trap. So I was absolutely delighted when I stumbled across this true reunion of The Patty Duke Show most of the cast returns in this Social Security commercial. It includes an update of the opening. OK so there’s no plot and it lasts a minute and although it’s not terribly clear, I think that’s Patty’s real life husband taking the place of the high school boyfriend on the show, but it’s great to see them all again and it’s wonderful to see the cast again.
If you’re unfamiliar with the original, here is the opening, in which acting legend Patty Duke starred as lookalike cousins, all American Patty and cosmopolitan Cathy.
Patty and Cathy say how easy it is to sign up online:
Patty and her little brother Ross:
Patty and her Poppo:
Patty and Cathy visit the Doctor who questions identical cousins:
Patty and Cathy redo the opening and have a reunion:
UPDATED March 30 2016: I’ve added my signature block, checked the links and replaced two of them.
Sadly Patty Duke passed away on March 29, 2016 of complications from a ruptured intestine. She wrote two memoirs Call Me Anna and A Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic-Depressive Illness. Read her obituary here:
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