Susie is secretary to handsome talent agent Peter Sands and keeps getting messed up in (and messing up) his private life. She's assisted (usually) by receptionist Vi and semi-rival Sylvia. ... See full summary »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



5   4   3   2   1  
1957   1956   1955   1954   1953  
Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Ann Sothern Show (1958–1961)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Katy O'Connor is the assistant manager of the Bartley House Hotel in New York City working for Jason Macauley. She expected to get her bosses job when he was transferred to Calcutta, India ... See full summary »

Stars: Ann Sothern, Ann Tyrrell, Don Porter
My Mother the Car (1965–1966)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

The story of the relationship between a man and his mother, the latter having been reincarnated as a 1928 Porter automobile.

Stars: Jerry Van Dyke, Maggie Pierce, Ann Sothern
Cry Danger (1951)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Ex-con Rocky Mulloy seeks the real culprit in the crime he was framed for, in a night world of deceptive dames and double crosses.

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Erdman
I Led 3 Lives (1953–1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Herbert Philbrick was a young professional and pacifist in 1939 Boston. He joined an anti-war group and quickly found himself caught up in the secret world of underground communist activity... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Carlson, John Zaremba, Virginia Stefan
December Bride (1954–1959)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Charming and wise Lily Ruskin lives with her daughter and son-in- law who, along with her close friend Hilda Crocker, are always trying to find suitable older marriageable companionship for... See full summary »

Stars: Spring Byington, Frances Rafferty, Dean Miller
The Lucy Show (1962–1968)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The wacky misadventures of a forever scheming woman, her reluctant best friend and her cantankerous boss.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Vivian Vance
Dragnet (1951–1959)
Drama | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners methodically investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Olan Soule
The Lineup (1954–1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Based on actual cases from the San Francisco Police files, Lt. Guthrie and Inspector Grebb work as a team to track down criminals. In the last season Inspectors Delaney and Summers are ... See full summary »

Stars: Warner Anderson, Tom Tully, Marshall Reed
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After his girl leaves him for someone else, Herbert gets really depressed and starts searching for a job. He finally finds one in a big house which is inhabited by many, many women. Can he ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Helen Traubel, Pat Stanley
Johnny Staccato (TV Series 1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Johnny Staccato is a jazz pianist and private detective.

Stars: John Cassavetes, Eduardo Ciannelli, Frank London
Certificate: Passed Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A young heiress finds evidence suggesting that at night she acts under the influence of a family curse and has begun committing ghastly murders in a nearby park.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Don Porter, June Lockhart, Sara Haden
Topper (1953–1955)
Fantasy | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

This series was about a somewhat grumpy and uptight banker, Cosmo Topper, and the ghosts which only he could see or hear, George and Marion Kerby. The Kerbys would often try to get Cosmo to... See full summary »

Stars: Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling, Leo G. Carroll
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Susie McNamara (104 episodes, 1953-1957)
...
 Peter Sands (46 episodes, 1953-1957)
Ann Tyrrell ...
 Vi Praskins / ... (33 episodes, 1953-1957)
Edit

Storyline

Susie is secretary to handsome talent agent Peter Sands and keeps getting messed up in (and messing up) his private life. She's assisted (usually) by receptionist Vi and semi-rival Sylvia. Cagey is Peter's business rival. The show alternated Sunday nights with "The Jack Benny Show." Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

sitcom | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 February 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Susie  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Under the title "Susie", this was shown again in syndicated reruns in the 1960's, sometimes in rotation with "The Ann Sothern Show" (when the entire series "Susie" ended, episodes of "The Ann Sothern Show" would begin, then after they had ended, "Susie" began again, from its first episode to its last). See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Liberace Show (1954) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

In this early 1950's sitcom, the bright and vivacious Ann Sothern played Susie McNamara, devoted secretary to handsome talent agent Peter Sands(Don Porter) who had a talent for getting into zany scrapes. Sus
15 September 2000 | by (cincinnati, ohio) – See all my reviews

This was Miss Sothern's first and most successful attempt at a primetime TV series(the later was THE ANN SOTHERN SHOW). PRIVATE SECRETARY ran on CBS from 1953-57 and was an excellent showcase for Sothern's warm, inviting personality and impeccable comedic talents. Before the highly popular television show, Miss Sothern had been a major musical and comedy star at MGM in the 1940's, and appeared in the classic, award-winning comedy film A LETTER TO THREE WIVES at Twentieth Century Fox in 1949. Miss Sothern would later play the titular role in the interestingly titled 1965-66 series MY MOTHER, THE CAR. The great actress made her last film appearance in 1987 in THE WHALES OF AUGUST, for which she received a much deserved Oscar nomination.


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Private Secretary 1st, Ann Sothern show 2nd appleimacdude
Discuss Private Secretary (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?