For the general public, knowledge of Patty Maloney’s show business
career is limited to Far Out Space Nuts and perhaps a couple
of her movies. Did you know that Patty was also in these television
projects? I have seen only a few of these programs, so photographs, screen
captures or video clips in any format would be appreciated.
- It Takes All Kinds: All I know about this program is that Patty
was one of the hosts, according to her résumé, which I
received from Hanna-Barbera in 1985. Presumably it was a local show in
either Chicago or Los Angeles, similar to NBC’s Real People.
- Don’t Call Us: Patty appeared with her perennial partner,
Billy Barty, in this 1976 sitcom pilot for CBS, set at a theatrical
agency in Philadelphia.
- The Brady Bunch Hour:
Patty made frequent guest appearances on this short-lived ABC variety
show, which featured the sitcom cast still in character.
- The Star Wars
Holiday Special: In this much-reviled CBS program from 1978,
Patty played Lumpy, the son(!) of Chewbacca. According to this 2008
interview, Lumpy was the central character of the SWHS. In 2011,
Patty appeared as herself in Hanlet, an independent
documentary film about the making of the special.
- Side Show: After reading the script for this 1981 telefilm,
Patty objected to her character, Thelma Tiny, being called a
“freak”. The writers later removed the offending word.
- Smurfs: Patty had an uncredited role as Blue Eyes the pegasus
in the fourth-season episode “Blue Eyes Returns”.
- Dumbo’s Circus:
Patty worked on this Disney Channel series based on the animated feature
about a flying elephant. According to IMDb, she played Dink the koala.
- Short Ribbs: This was a sketch
comedy series, broadcast in 1989. There were only four people in the
regular cast: Patty herself, Billy Barty (who also produced the series)
and two other male dwarfs. Patty has told me that she has copies of all
13 episodes of the series, which she doubts was broadcast outside Los
Angeles. Barry Conrad had two episodes on YouTube in 2013, but they have
since been removed, presumably for copyright issues. In 2014, another
YouTube user uploaded one of those episodes to his channel, though it is
from a VHS recording rather than a studio master.
- Monopoly: Before
Michael Reilly became the host of this 12 weeks’ wonder on ABC,
Peter Tomarken was the host of a Monopoly pilot. In this
pilot, Patty walked around the board in the costume of Rich Uncle
Pennybags, the Monopoly mascot. She did not make it to the series.
- A.J.’s Time Travelers: This 1995 series on Fox featured
Patty as a robotic character named B.I.T., the first such character she
played since her 1979 appearance on Buck Rogers in the 25th
- Cafe DuArt: Although Louise DuArt, host of the Lifetime game
show Rodeo Drive, was the star of this series on Goodlife
Television, I understand that Patty played a truck driver turned
bartender. Can you imagine our favorite 60-pound sexpot driving an
18-wheeler? I thought not. A three-part episode with ventriloquist Gary
Wilmer and his puppet, Little Ricky, can be viewed on YouTube.
- Tales from the Crypt: In this HBO series based on a comic book,
Patty was one of two Crypt Keeper puppet operators.
- Patty also appeared in a few TV commercials in the 1970s and 1980s. To
my knowledge, they included Mobil Oil with Shields & Yarnell,
Hawaiian Punch, Louis Rich turkey, McDonald’s, Dimetapp and Lysol.
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