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Patty Duke Show theme song and intro

In honor of Patty Duke, plus it makes you think about how television theme songs have changed since the 1960s.

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I think the concept would have made more sense if they were identical twins separated at birth rather than “identical cousins.”

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And in case you want to watch a full episode, here’s the first third of one below. I just finished viewing it, but I didn’t find it especially funny or interesting. You can find the rest of it on YouTube.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 30, 2016 at 9:32 am

Posted in Television

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  1. I always thought Patty Duke was pretty adorable on that show.


    March 30, 2016 at 9:35 am

    • I’ll second that.

      Lewis Medlock

      March 30, 2016 at 10:40 am

  2. Where the heck is Barclay Square? I never watched the show, but it was often on in reruns. I think it was too low-key for me as a kid. I sure can sing the theme song though. Patty Duke was a talented actress. Rest in Peace.

    March 30, 2016 at 9:41 am

      • Yes, I saw that too, but find it hard to believe that’s what the song is referring to. A park in Estonia, behind the iron curtain at the time of the show? Pretty obscure.

        March 30, 2016 at 11:31 am

      • It as before the internet. “Barclay Square” rhymed and sounded exotic and foreign.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 30, 2016 at 11:49 am

      • Apparently, it’s this tony neighborhood of London:

        March 30, 2016 at 11:40 am

      • I also thought that’s a possibility, but all of the lyrics online say it’s “Barclay” not “Berkely.”

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 30, 2016 at 11:50 am

      • The online lyrics are probably put together aurally by Americans who know nothing of England. How likely is it they’ve looked up the copyrighted lyrics in Washington? If the song had said she lived in Leicester the same sites would probably have “Lester”.


        March 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      • ‘I also thought that’s a possibility, but all of the lyrics online say it’s “Barclay” not “Berkely.” ‘

        That’s one of those words the English pronounce funny. It’s said “Barclay.” Like in the song, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.”


        March 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      • Barclay Square Estonia! Very droll – You guys need to get out a little more.

        Anyway, it is of course, as Steve has now discovered, Berkeley Square, London.

        In 1965 most everyone knew of Berkeley Square because of this famous WWII song:
        A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
        Here sung by the “The Forces’ Sweetheart” – the great Dame Vera Lynn – (Now age 99):

        Vera Lynn: A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square 1940

        Vera Lynn: The White Cliffs of Dover

        Vera Lynn

        BOBBY DARIN ~ A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square ~

        Nedd Ludd

        March 30, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      • I always thought it was Berkeley Square too. Most of those online lyrics sites are user-submitted (and copy content from each other,) so they can easily be wrong en masse.


        March 30, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      • That no doubt explains it.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 30, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    • Berkeley and Barclay were both originally pronounced “Barclay,” in the same way that Derbyshire is still pronounced “Darbyshire.”

      Berkeley, California, was named for the philosopher George Berkeley, but he never said his name the way that we pronounce it.


      March 30, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    • Berkeley Square in London is pronounced Barkly. Because it is.


      March 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      • Since the Lion got this ball rolling:
        Is it prole to not know how to pronounce British place names?

        How To Pronounce Deliberately Off-putting British Place Names

        In the U.S. do you say Wooster, MA, or Worcester MA?
        In NYC do you say Howston St, or Houston St? (Hewston)

        “Two peoples separated by a common language.”

        “Barkley’ is correct.

        Nedd Ludd

        March 30, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      • I say Wooster and Howston and BERK-lee

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 30, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      • Growing up in Connecticut the name Berkeley meant something very different. The worst housing project in the city where I lived was called Berkeley Heights, a dumping ground for the most dysfunctional of the poor. Ironically, it had a very nice location, atop a hill several hundred feet higher than the downtown area and with commanding views, but for an outsider to venture anywhere near it was unthinkable. On a number of occasions project residents threw rocks at cars driving on a main road several hundred feet away, and the police were hesitant to pursue them back into the project. Heck, even the toughest of the city’s Puerto Ricans, who were afraid of nothing, wouldn’t dare be seen in the Heights.
        The city housing authority eventually calmed things down a bit by renovating the buildings at Berkeley Heights to eliminate interior hallways, through adding stairways to give each apartment a direct entrance to the outside. Without the relative concealment of the hallways it was harder for drug dealers to operate and for gangbangers to gather. It’s still not the safest of locations, however.



        March 30, 2016 at 6:07 pm

  3. Even though I’ve had a DVD set of the first season of “The Patty Duke Show” for quite some time, I hadn’t watched any of it until I took it off the shelf on Monday to binge-watch four episodes, and then the very next day Patty Duke was dead. Camel that broke the straw’s back?

    Anyway, I liked it. You can tell from the show’s intro that it was sold to TV executives based on the gimmick of having Patty Duke play two different characters with clashing personalities, but little was made of this in the episodes I saw. The American teenager is the show’s star whose flamboyance and impulsiveness is the source of most of the plots’ action, while the Scottish cousin is just a genial observer who offers wise counsel but doesn’t actually do much. There is no rivalry or jealousy between them.

    There was social interest in a couple of the episodes. “Author, Author” is about Patty trying to write a best-selling novel after hearing about a French teenager who had gotten a big movie deal with a hit of her own (which probably references something topical). She goes a bit mad in crafting a book that will “liberate the American teenager,” but through persistence completes a grab bag of every adolescent fantasy she ever had. Her father is appalled, but later uses his position as a megaphone-wielding newspaper reporter to blackmail a vanity publisher into printing 100 copies of her dreck for free. This was 1964, but people were already on to the wild, dogged ego of the Boomer Generation and the impotent authority of their parents’ generation.

    “Let ‘Em Eat Cake” is a simple and rather hackneyed story about the Patty characters trying to bake a new cake after accidentally wrecking the one their mother was going to enter into a cake contest, but it’s entertaining. What’s really interesting, though, is that the episode takes it for granted that modern teenage girls have no homemaking skills. It’s obvious every step of the way that the cake they’re making is going to be a disaster, but the girls are blithely ignorant, even the smart Scottish one who’s supposed to be cultured and more conventional. No one complains about it either; it’s just the way it is. There’s a contrast drawn between them and their mother’s cohort of smug housewives who are investing way too much of themselves into spongecake, but at least the matrons know their business. The girls are too clueless to even know they have no clue.

    “The Continental” and “Going Steady” weren’t interesting enough for me to remember much about them, and I didn’t even like the last one.

    The most appealing part of the show is Patty Duke. She’s far above the common cut of teenage actors, with a range of expressions and a lively genuineness. She’s very cute, very charming. There’s none of the sullen sarcasm usually found in modern teen girl comedies. The show has a real joie de vivre that bewitches.


    March 30, 2016 at 11:54 am

  4. Wow. That “Cathy the Princess” episode is pretty damn 2016.

    * The noble immigrant! Only he wants to return to help his people rather than sponge off or exploit the stupid Americans.

    * Race mixing romance! Yes, even though he’s a pretty darn white actor playing someone from “Bukanistan” or whatever they said, it’s still cultural race mixing propaganda (“a dreamboat is a dreamboat in any language” — indeed). This has been going on a long, long time.

    I only watched the clip provided so I don’t know how it ends.

    Anyway, it’s fun to see respectable white grownups dressing up just to sit around the house. Right before the 60s rebellion sent it all to hell. This was Peak America, in black and white.


    March 30, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    • Back then, people were either white or black. “Latinos” and Indians from India were considered white because they weren’t black. Thus we also had I Love Lucy married to a Cuban guy who was considered white.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 30, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      • Back then the only latinos in New York were Puerto Ricans and there were almost zero Indians in New York. I encountered my first Indian in 1977, and I was completely bewildered by his appearance.

        Patty is supposed to live in Brooklyn Heights, but the opening show credits, and the entire ambience of the show, depict a very comfortable suburb far from an urban area.


        March 30, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      • Brooklyn Heights hasn’t changed at all since the 1960s as there are very few buildings there built since then. It’s mostly pre-war apartment buildings and it has always been the most expensive neighborhood in Brooklyn.

        Back then, TV shows didn’t have to be as realistic.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 30, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      • “Thus we also had I Love Lucy married to a Cuban guy who was considered white.”

        Only because Desi Arnaz was of largely European ancestry. If he’d been visibly mulatto like most Cubans, or a mestizo from the Latin American mainland, I Love Lucy would never have existed.



        March 30, 2016 at 6:14 pm

  5. Lion, Berkeley is pronounced Barklay in UK and much of US.


    March 30, 2016 at 1:33 pm

  6. That Vera Lynn is hot.

    It seems like English women used to be more attractive then they currently are. In the 30s through the 60s they were churning out timeless beauties en masse, and now they are clearly the least attractive women in Europe. I don’t get it.

    Otis the Sweaty

    March 30, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    • Prole drift. Or, in their case, chav drift.

      A lot of English girls could be pretty if they weren’t fat, tatted up drunken welfare slobs. And then all the much cuter Polish and Romanian girls came and took all the waitressing jobs. Literally ALL of them. No English person waits tables in England any more.


      March 30, 2016 at 3:39 pm

  7. I watched this on Nick at Nite as a kid in the 90s. Seeing this sort of positive depection of America probably made me more conservative. Other kids in my school did too.

    Strangely the black kids at school all loved Golden Girls which was still on weekly, plus daily on sindication.

    Probably the old TV show that was objectively the most funny for a jaded 2010s adult is Green Acres.


    March 30, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    • Golden Girls was a very funny show.

      As for Green Acres, the best line was in the theme song…

      You are my wife/Goodbye city life


      March 30, 2016 at 8:30 pm

  8. I randomly watched an episode of Patty Duke last year on youtube where she has a crush on her doctor and acts absurdy trying to seduce him and fakes being sick. It was pretty good!

    A good show for Lion readers to see old white prole NYC is Car 54, a zany comedy about 2 NYC cops. It has an amazing intro song I still remember.

    Another Nick at Nite program that shows glamorous but sort of JFK/LBJ stodgy liberal nearly all white Los Angeles is Dragnet second series. It ran in color from 67 to 70 I believe. That show holds up really well if you like procedural dramas and the casting and sets are as good as movies.


    March 30, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    • Remember that the Car 54 theme song uses the original name for JFK.


      March 30, 2016 at 8:27 pm

  9. One of those weird subchannels used to run the Patty Duke Show early mornings. I watched out of fascination – a bygone period in America.

    Her performance in The Miracle Worker was extraordinary. That scene at the water pump was amazing. I think movies in those days were more hard-core than today. She really played Helen Keller as if she was an animal, which she was, before Annie Sullivan reached her.


    March 30, 2016 at 8:45 pm

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