The Patty Duke Show: Season 2, Episode 19

Patty Meets a Celebrity (20 Jan. 1965)

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Cathy is chosen to show Sal Mineo around his old Brooklyn Heights High School, but Patty thinks the honor should go to her. Cathy relents and Patty gets a chance to act with Sal Mineo in a school play.

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Cathy is chosen to show Sal Mineo around his old Brooklyn Heights High School, but Patty thinks the honor should go to her. Cathy relents and Patty gets a chance to act with Sal Mineo in a school play.

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Sal Mineo and James Coco
29 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

Who was Sal Mineo? Why did his career tank so quickly? For that matter, who was Patty Duke? A Parent Trap sitcom after becoming the youngest person to win the Oscar (later beat by one year by Tatum O'Neal, still standing) seems like an odd career choice, but Duke is still no slouch with her performance in The Miracle Worker. She presented Helen Keller as tough, intelligent then allowed Bancroft to take the spotlight.

It is because of this, Duke in the sitcom stands as an oddity, but later work, such as My Poor Charlie, shows Miracle Worker was no fluke.

So THEN to see her in an episode with Sal Mineo (best as I can guess, he was going for some Brando look, catch a young Burt Reynolds and he seems to be sporting the same attempt) with Mineo portraying himself and she is an adoring fan is remarkable to say the least.

Duke deservedly won her Oscar. Mineo had two noms to his name. Whatever equal footing they may have been meeting on, Duke is humbling in her fawning performance, then she freezes on stage.

One can only hope she had fun doing this show, as she was definitely slumming, but this episode seems to show she knew that she, Olivier, Julie Andrews and the future Streep, they all still had to use a restroom one time or another.


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