Private Secretary

CBS (ended 1957)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 15

    Thy Name Is Sands

    Aired 3/17/57

  • S 5 : Ep 14

    Two and Two Make Five

    Aired 3/3/57

  • S 5 : Ep 13

    The Efficiency Expert

    Aired 2/17/57

  • S 5 : Ep 12

    Not Quite Paradise

    Aired 2/3/57

  • S 5 : Ep 11

    That's No Lady - That's an Agent

    Aired 1/20/57

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ann Sothern

    Susan Camille 'Susie' MacNamara

  • Don Porter

    Peter Sands

  • Jesse White

    M. C. 'Mickey' 'Cagey' Calhoun

  • Joan Banks

    Sylvia Platt

  • Ann Tyrrell

    Violet 'Vi' Praskins

  • show Description
  • In this popular 1950s sitcom, Ann Sothern starred as Susie McNamera, a secretary to Peter Sands at his New York talent agency. Susie was always meddling in the personal life of her boss and of her friends at work, especially in matters of love. One of her favorite pastimes was playing matchmaker. A recurring character on the series, and Mr. Sands' chief competitor, was loudmouthed agent Cagey Calhoun. In an unusual move, Private Secretary, a CBS-TV series, also had two brief runs on another network. During the summers of 1953 and 1954, the reruns from the season just ended were shown on NBC, with the series resuming new shows on CBS each fall. Starting in the fall of 1954, this show alternated weeks with The Jack Benny Program through early 1957. In syndication, Private Secretary was retitled Susie.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Cagey: (masquerading as his own mother) Well, I think I'll be going now. Susie: Oh, so soon? I thought the Parole Board didn't close until 5.

    • Susie: Let's face it, Cagey. You and I were meant for each other. Cagey: Yeah. Susie: Each other's throats.

    Notes (8)

    • This was the pilot episode for the series.

    • This is the first appearance of rival agent Cagey Calhoun and his assistant Ben.

    • The Jack Benny Progam makes its season premiere in this time slot next week.

    • This episode was repeated on the network 9/2/1956.

    • Melissa Converse is Don Porter's step-daughter.

    • The title given for this episode in the TV Guide for the week of 1/19-25, 1957 was Susie the Saboteur.

    • For the second week in a row, a regular from The Jack Benny Program guest stars. This week it's Mel Blanc; last week was Frank Nelson.

    • This episode was repeated 7/2/1957.

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    Trivia (5)

    • Ann Sothern appears only at the beginning and end of this episode.

    • Carl Evans offers Susie $48 more a week.

    • Goof: When Susie and Mr. Sands have Cagey (masquerading as his mother) on the mechanical horse, "mother's" shall shakes off, but when they cut to a tighter shot, the shall is still on.

    • Mel Blanc, as Mr. Bascom, does voices for Susie. He performs his famed Bugs Bunny voice as well as an old car starting (which he made famous as Jack Benny's ancient Maxwell).

    • Last year, Susie paid $752.62 cents to the tax office.

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