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 »

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


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 <>

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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 »


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

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A comedy classic from the early years of television.
25 February 2001 | by (cincinnati, ohio) – See all my reviews

This popular sitcom ran on CBS from 1953-57 and was the TV series debut of the great film and stage actress Ann Sothern. PRIVATE SECRETARY featured Sothern as Susie McNamara, the cute, friendly, and hard-working secretary of successful New York talent agent Peter Sands(played by Don Porter). Much of the action of the series revolved around Susie's efforts to help solve the personal problems of her boss, her friends, and various others.

PRIVATE SECRETARY was an excellent showcase for the comedic talents of the inimitable Ann Sothern, who also found fame and fortune in such Hollywood films as KID MILLIONS, TRADE WINDS, LADY BE GOOD, PANAMA HATTIE, CRY HAVOC, A LETTER TO THREE WIVES(her best), and the MAISIE film series.

Other regulars of the TV show were Ann Tyrrell as Vi Praskins, a friend and co-worker of Susie's, and Joan Banks as Sylvia, Susie's other frequently seen female friend.

Although PRIVATE SECRETARY was cancelled in 1957, Ann Sothern returned to prime-time TV a year later with another sitcom, THE ANN SOTHERN SHOW(1958-61), featuring her former series co-stars, Ann Tyrrell and Don Porter in supporting roles.

PRIVATE SECRETARY was later shown in syndication as SUSIE.

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