The Patty Duke Show (1963–1966)

The Christmas Present 

Martin is forced by his boss to fire his twin brother, who is also Cathy's father, at Christmas time.


Stanley Prager


Sidney Sheldon, Sidney Sheldon (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Patty Duke ... Patty Lane / Cathy Lane
William Schallert ... Martin Lane / Kenneth Lane
Jean Byron ... Natalie Lane
Paul O'Keefe ... Ross Lane
John McGiver ... J.R. Castle


Martin is forced by his boss to fire his twin brother, who is also Cathy's father, at Christmas time.

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Comedy | Family | Music





Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end of the show, Patty breaks the "4th wall" by speaking directly to the television audience. She announces that the story will continue next week. See more »


(at around 1 min) Patty and Cathy are shown sitting on the steps leading from the first to second floor in the house in Brooklyn Heights. While conversing with each other, Cathy appears to be looking at a spot on the wall about a foot above the top of Patty's head; conversely, Patty appears to be staring at Cathy's chest. See more »


[last lines]
Patty Lane: You can't fire him - it's Christmas.
J.R. Castle: [exiting] So it is. Merry Christmas, everybody.
Patty Lane: [turning to the television audience] Did you hear that? That's terrible. Imagine firing someone on Christmas. He wouldn't do that - or would he? Is J.R. Castle gonna turn out to be the rat of the Western World? Tune in next week, and we'll all find out. Bye! Merry Christmas, everybody.
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