List of Private Secretary episodes

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This is a list of episodes of the television series Private Secretary (known as Susie in syndication). The series aired on CBS from February 1953, to March 1957 for a total of 104 episodes.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes First aired Last aired
1 16 February 1, 1953 (1953-02-01) June 7, 1953 (1953-06-07)
2 26 September 20, 1953 (1953-09-20) June 6, 1954 (1954-06-06)
3 26 September 12, 1954 (1954-09-12) June 26, 1955 (1955-06-26)
4 21 September 11, 1955 (1955-09-11) June 10, 1956 (1956-06-10)
5 15 September 9, 1956 (1956-09-09) March 17, 1957 (1957-03-17)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1953)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
11"Femme Fatale"February 1, 1953 (1953-02-01)
To discourage Mr. Sands' niece from chasing after an older man, Susie pretends to be interested in the niece's boyfriend.
22"The Bachelor Takes a Wife"February 8, 1953 (1953-02-08)
A client is interested in Mr. Sands, so Susie plays matchmaker. She also help out a TV actor known as "The Bachelor."
33"The Eyes Have It"February 15, 1953 (1953-02-15)
A hypnotist puts Susie under his spell to get a contract. Mr. Sands thinks her odd behavior is a nervous breakdown.
44"Where There Is a Will"February 22, 1953 (1953-02-22)
Hypochondriac Peter Sands lands in the hospital with a tummy ache, convinced he's not long for this world. Susie's idea for getting him back to work is to reminisce about previous adventures in show business. One of those times, he turned down lousy violinist Jack Benny.
55"Old Flame"March 1, 1953 (1953-03-01)
An old boyfriend visits and Susie tries to relight the romance. He, however, simply wants her opinion of a dancer he's planning to marry.
66"Servant Problem"March 8, 1953 (1953-03-08)
In the process of keeping a couple from pulling their backing from a show, Susie has to pose as a maid.
77"Old Soldiers"March 15, 1953 (1953-03-15)
When an old pal from the Air Force Reserve asks Mr. Sands to Washington, he thinks he's being called for duty. Actually, the colonel wants him to put together a USO show.
88"Lady from Paris"March 29, 1953 (1953-03-29)
After signing a French nightclub singer by mistake, Susie hears rumors that the woman is an impostor from Brooklyn.
99"Suspicion"April 4, 1953 (1953-04-04)
Peter takes a secretive phone call and a mysterious Mr. Hollis shows up at the office. Susie, of course, thinks the man is her replacement. When she goes into Mr. Sands' office to face the music, she finds her surprise birthday party. Mr. Hollis is her temporary replacement, while she goes away on vacation... more or less.
1010"A Man Called Smith"April 12, 1953 (1953-04-12)
In the series' pilot, Susie deviously gets Mr. Sands to hear a new singer, and she searches for a reclusive author.
1111"Star Struck"April 26, 1953 (1953-04-26)
Susie is supposed to be on a date with a dreamy movie actor, but instead she's forced to entertain a writer's disagreeable spouse.
1212"Whodunit?"May 3, 1953 (1953-05-03)
Susie is working with a young woman from her hometown (Mumford, Iowa) when the two are kidnapped by a group of thugs.
1313"Too Much Spring"May 10, 1953 (1953-05-10)
Susie and Vi celebrate the first of spring by daydreaming about marriage to Mr. Sands.
1414"Penny Wise, Pound Foolish"May 24, 1953 (1953-05-24)
Mr. Sands' cost-cutting measures cost him money in the end.
1515"Child Labor"May 31, 1953 (1953-05-31)
Mr. Sands loses a client when Susie talks a pushy stage mother into letting her daughter have a normal childhood.
1616"Dark Stranger"June 7, 1953 (1953-06-07)
A fortune-teller informs Vi that a tall, dark stranger will soon enter Susie's life. Susie hopes this mysterious person will help her find Mr. Sands' missing ring.

Season 2 (1953–54)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
171"Havana or Bust"September 20, 1953 (1953-09-20)
Susie's been bragging that she's going to Havana on business with Mr. Sands. Now, she has to talk Mr. Sands into taking her with him.
182"Two Weeks with Pay"September 27, 1953 (1953-09-27)
As job insurance, Susie thinks she's hired an unattractive old woman to fill in while she's vacationing. She returns to find, instead, a devious secretary named Flame.
193"Miami"October 11, 1953 (1953-10-11)
Susie and Cagey both try to sign the same good-looking singer while Sylvia paints the town with the men of Miami.
204"The Hubby Killer"October 18, 1953 (1953-10-18)
Susie's houseguest is an actress from South American known as "the hubby killer." Naturally, Susie and Sylvia are watching her like hawks.
215"The Little Acorn That Didn't Grow"November 1, 1953 (1953-11-01)
Susie searches for a job for an elevator operator who's also a classical violinist. She and Mr. Sands are treated to a private concert when the musician stops the elevator between floors.
226"Cast Thy Bread"November 8, 1953 (1953-11-08)
Susie's new hat is pilfered by an old butler as a gift for his boss, a one-time star of the theatre. She lets the man keep her hat and tries to get Mr. Sands to hire the former diva.
237"Weekend in Connecticut"November 11, 1953 (1953-11-11)
Susie has assumed that Mr. Sands' business trips are more about pleasure than business. She learns otherwise when she is stuck spending the weekend with a woman writer in Connecticut.
248"Seven Out of Ten"November 29, 1953 (1953-11-29)
Susie misinterprets Mr. Sands' attempt to improve efficiency as signs of love. In the meantime, a friend of Vi's from Brooklyn poses as a socialite.
259"Two of a Kind"December 13, 1953 (1953-12-13)
Susie helps an eccentric old actress get cast in a theatrical production.
2610"Girl of the Year"December 20, 1953 (1953-12-20)
Susie wins a "Secretary of the Year" award, and promptly gets herself fired.
2711"The Blau-Holstein Memoirs"January 3, 1954 (1954-01-03)
A battle for the memoirs of a European princess pit Susie and Cagey Calhoun head-to-head.
2812"Sable Coat"January 10, 1954 (1954-01-10)
A French film star gives Susie a fur coat refused by his fiance. The gift makes Susie's friends jealous.
2913"Shrinking Vi"January 24, 1954 (1954-01-24)
Matchmaker Susie tires to connect a neighbor, a meterorologist, with Vi.
3014"The Little Monster"January 31, 1954 (1954-01-31)
Susie encounters a precocious child actor known on stage as "The Little Monster," and in real life as well.
3115"Mind Over Matter"February 14, 1954 (1954-02-14)
Susie is back in the matchmaking business, working on Vi's cowboy pen pal.
3216"Friend in Need"February 21, 1954 (1954-02-21)
Susie is laid up in bed with a nasty cold, yet none of her so-called friends drop by to check on her.
3317"Vive L'Amour"March 7, 1954 (1954-03-07)
Susie flies to Paris with a mission: convince movie star Armende that his girlfriend is only after his money.
3418"Tempest in a Pickle Jar"March 14, 1954 (1954-03-14)
Tommy is fingered as a hot dog thief, but Susie is on the trail of the real thief.
3519"And Susie Is the Sun"March 28, 1954 (1954-03-28)
Harold Lemaire has a crush on Susie and insists on coming between her and a man. Her solution is to fix him up with a girl his age.
3620"High Spirits"April 4, 1954 (1954-04-04)
Stories are being leaked to a gossip columnist and Susie has discovered the source: Vi's phony medium.
3721"Live Wire"April 18, 1954 (1954-04-18)
A new employee at the agency is trying to take over Peter's client list.
3822"A Still Small Voice"April 25, 1954 (1954-04-25)
Susie and Vi put a guilt trip on Mr. Sands after he shoots a deer on a hunting trip.
3923"April Showers"May 9, 1954 (1954-05-09)
Sylvia announces her engagement to a jewelry merchant, Francis, who's a womanizer. Despite being Sylvia's fiance, he flirts shamelessly with Susie. When a bouquet of roses arrives for Susie at the office, the innocent Susie is branded a "Jezebel."
4024"Crazy Mixed-up Kid"May 16, 1954 (1954-05-16)
An actor, hungry to make a name, engages in publicity stunts that are hurting his career. Susie steps in to show him the way.
4125"A Matter of Taste"May 30, 1954 (1954-05-30)
Mr. Sands and Susie try to talk a famous chef into revealing his recipes in a television series.
4226"No Rest for the Weary"June 6, 1965 (1965-06-06)
Both Susie and Cagey Calhoun are in pursuit of a concert pianist who's hiding out at a rest home.

Season 3 (1954–55)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
431"Good Neighbor"September 12, 1954 (1954-09-12)
Susie has been babysitting a neighbor's baby. When the parents' return is delayed, she takes the child with her to the office.
442"The Rivals"September 19, 1954 (1954-09-19)
Susie and Sylvia are on vacation in the Poconos when they encounter Cagey and Ben, his assistant. Both pursue the same woman because they think the other wants to sign her.
453"Where, Oh Where?"September 26, 1954 (1954-09-26)
Susie's friends fear she's been fired when she does not show up for work following a fight with Mr. Sands. The mood turns to mourning when they hear a rumor of her untimely demise.
464"One Bewitching Hour"October 10, 1954 (1954-10-10)
Susie is back to matchmaking, this time between a famous actress and a singer who were once married.
475"The Brass Ring"October 24, 1954 (1954-10-24)
Vi writes the music and the rest of the office compose the lyrics to a song. They're convinced they've got a hit on their hands -- until it's rejected. Not easily discouraged, they next tackle a newspaper rebus puzzle with zeal.
486"Humpty Dumpty"November 7, 1954 (1954-11-07)
Precocious child performer Harold Lemaire signs with agent Cagey Calhoun. Susie teaches Harold a lesson by signing a replacement for him.
497"Original and Two Carbons"November 11, 1954 (1954-11-11)
To look like a certain Broadway star, Mr. Sands grows a moustache. Susie mocks him by going brunette and wearing a monacle just like one of their female clients.
508"Susie for President"December 5, 1954 (1954-12-05)
Susie and Sylvia become opponents when each runs for president of the Midtown Secretaries League.
519"Goodbye, Susie, Hello"December 19, 1954 (1954-12-19)
Carl Evans tries to lure Susie away by offering her more pay. When Peter encourages her to go for the money, she thinks Mr. Sands no longer wants her services. She's bored and unhappy because Carl does not heed her advice like Mr. Sands does. To get herself fired, Susie ruins her boss' coffee, wears hideous glasses and refuses to answer the phone, despite talking on it constantly.
5210"Sweet Foxy"January 2, 1955 (1955-01-02)
Susie feels sorry for Cagey and Ben when she learns they're broke, so she helps them sign up a new singer.
5311"Secretaries Are People, Too"January 16, 1955 (1955-01-16)
Susie gets even with a snooty actress when she instructs her on how to play a secretary on stage.
5412"Screaming Meemies"January 30, 1955 (1955-01-30)
Susie's suggestion that Mr. Sands take a brief rest in quiet Vermont sounds like a good idea. Perhaps it was too good; he returns to announce he's selling his agency and retiring to a farm.
5513"Tangled Web"February 13, 1955 (1955-02-13)
After forgetting to type a letter that Mr. Sands had dictated, Susie tells him that it was stolen.
5614"Blessing in Disguise"February 27, 1955 (1955-02-27)
Vi is delighted by a geranium given to her by a client, but horrified when it dies.
5715"Tenth Anniversary"March 13, 1955 (1955-03-13)
Susie marks ten years on the job by having her bracelet melted into a holder for Mr. Sands' gold coin. He, meanwhile, has his coin made into a pin for her.
5816"Progress Is Here to Stay"March 27, 1955 (1955-03-27)
Susie takes to pouting to get Mr. Sands to buy a new modern device: an electric typewriter. After he declares these modern devices unnecessary, Susie takes the idea to extremes to make her point.
5917"Mambo"April 10, 1955 (1955-04-10)
Mr. Sands needs to learn the mambo in a hurry if he hopes to sign Latin performer Dolores Mendoza.
6018"Anything Can Happen"April 24, 1955 (1955-04-24)
A friend's mistaken belief that she's inherited a million dollars is used by Susie in her plot to purchase an extravagant fur-trimmed coat.
6119"A Scream in the Night"May 8, 1955 (1955-05-08)
Susie and her rival Cagey are fighting for the rights to a story from a late mystery author. They discover that the dearly departed author is still quite vocal about his work.
6220"The Perfect Specimen"May 15, 1955 (1955-05-15)
Susie accidentally hits the car of a millionaire, and then begins dating him.
6321"An Ounce of Prevention"May 22, 1955 (1955-05-22)
To keep a heavy actress from losing a part, Susie moves in to keep her from gaining more weight.
6422"Mr. Neanderthal"May 29, 1955 (1955-05-29)
Susie's trying to find a boxer who can fill the title role in a play called "Mr. Neanderthal."
6523"Candy"June 5, 1955 (1955-06-05)
While waiting for an elevator, Mr. Sands overhears an employer speak to his secretary unnecessarily harshly. Not wanting to see the man ruin his reputation, Peter talks him into sending the secretary a box of candy.
6624"Finders Keepers"June 12, 1955 (1955-06-12)
Sylvia, Susie and Vi find a diamond pendant worth $3000. While they hesitantly search for its owner, they dream of how they'll spend the money.
6725"The Root of All Evil"June 16, 1955 (1955-06-16)
When a young woman becomes smitten over Peter Sands, Susie suspects she's just after his money.
6826"The Boy Next Door"June 26, 1955 (1955-06-26)
After lamenting their lack of dates for the evening, Susie, Vi and Sylvia figure out the best way to "catch" a good-looking new neighbor.

Season 4 (1955–56)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
691"Oh, Oh, Suzette"September 11, 1955 (1955-09-11)
Susie takes a job with a cold-as-a-fish financier. She figures out how to warm him up — by dancing the Charleston.
702"The Slow Curve"September 18, 1955 (1955-09-18)
Susie tries to sign popular baseball player Whizzer Wade to a contract with her office.
713"Whistler's Daughter"October 2, 1955 (1955-10-02)
Susie beings painting to calm her nerves. One of her paintings sells and she's ready to become a full-time artist.
724"America's Sweethearts"October 16, 1955 (1955-10-16)
Susie seeks to soothe the bruised egos of a young theatrical couple.
735"The Platt Plan"October 30, 1955 (1955-10-30)
Susie decides to try Sylvia's plan for getting a raise.
746"Midtown Mardi Gras"November 13, 1955 (1955-11-13)
Susie and Vi invite Mr. Sands to be their escort to the Midtown Secretarial League's Mardi Gras party.
757"Room for Improvement"November 27, 1955 (1955-11-27)
Vi practices being a secretary as Susie gets ready to take her vacation.
768"Turnabout"December 11, 1955 (1955-12-11)
On "Turnabout Day" at the office, Peter and Susie swap jobs. Peter deals with making coffee and typing while Susie tries to soothe a temperamental client.
779"To Each His Own"December 25, 1955 (1955-12-25)
A dinner invitation from a friend involves Susie playing talent scout.
7810"In Darkest Manhattan"January 8, 1956 (1956-01-08)
Bored by her secretarial duties, Susie daydreams about working for Peter Sands in the jungle. A reporter from "Modern Secretary Magazine" convinces her that her job is more exciting than she thought.
7911"The Shade of the Old Family Tree"January 22, 1956 (1956-01-22)
Mr. Sands' attempt to gain admission to an exclusive uptown men's club fails because he does not have the proper social background. Susie solves that by introducing Peter to a magician-turned-genealogist who declares Peter descended from a French nobleman.
8012"Little Bo Bop"February 5, 1956 (1956-02-05)
Susie finds what she thinks is the best "jump and jive" musician and brings him to the attention of Peter. She also makes an attempt to teach a be-bop musician how to speak regular English.
8113"Old Dog, New Tricks"February 19, 1956 (1956-02-19)
Spoiled child actor Harold Lemaire has a crush on Susie. When she fails to properly inflate his ego, he dumps Peter as his agent and goes with slick-talking Cagey Calhoun.
8214"Oh, Brother!"March 4, 1956 (1956-03-04)
Learning that the night watchman has not seen his brother in 20 years, Susie cooks up a surprise reunion.
8315"Cat in a Hot Tin File"March 18, 1956 (1956-03-18)
Susie and Vi befriend a stray cat that wanders into the office. Taken with the kitty, they hide him (in a filing cabinet) from Mr. Sands and an important actress who's allergic to cats.
8416"The Little Caesar of Bleaker Street"April 1, 1956 (1956-04-01)
Chucky Wills, a 10-year-old hoodlum, shows up at the office pretending to be a shoeshine boy. He promptly steals a five dollar bill, but Susie does not call the cops. She makes him work off the money by actually shining shoes. Susie thinks she's begun to reform the boy — until a ring disappears.
8517"Seven Ways to Fire"April 15, 1956 (1956-04-15)
Susie is convinced she's about to be fired when she overhears part of a phone call and finds a magazine article called "Firing Made Easy" on Peter's desk. She plans to go out with dignity and quit first, but it's a young man who works in the office who's to be fired. She's relieved, but does not want to see the young man go, so she starts to work on saving his gig.
8618"Passing the Buck"April 29, 1956 (1956-04-29)
Susie and Mr. Sands lose control of a literary masterpiece when they assign Vi the job of reading what they think is an amateur script.
8719"Too Good to Be True"May 13, 1956 (1956-05-13)
Feeling sorry for her rival Cagey Calhoun, Susie helps get his one client booked in a Broadway show.
8820"Susie's Crusade"May 27, 1956 (1956-05-27)
While Mr. Sands is trying to renew his office lease, Susie irritates the building manager while trying to help an old cleaning woman.
8921"Elusive"June 10, 1956 (1956-06-10)
Susie's determined to coax a reclusive silent film star out or retirement and get her signed with Mr. Sands. Attempting to get to the actress, Susie dons several disguises that result in her being arrested for house-breaking.

Season 5 (1956–57)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
901"French Leave"September 9, 1956 (1956-09-09)
In the season premiere, Peter loans Susie out to a French producer who's visiting in town. The loyal Susie prevents Mr. Sands from being double-crossed.
912"All That Glitters"September 16, 1956 (1956-09-16)
Susie has dreams of becoming a stock market big shot as she sinks her savings into a questionable uranium stock. Peter and Vi get caught up in the excitement and do the same.
923"The Reunion"September 30, 1956 (1956-09-30)
Susie gets together with three old classmates and they convince her she's a social failure.
934"The Sow's Ear"October 14, 1956 (1956-10-14)
Susie does a favor for her arch enemy Cagey Calhoun. He returns the favor by stealing one of her clients. This means war.
945"How to Handle the Boss"October 28, 1956 (1956-10-28)
Susie has been chosen by a magazine to write an article on how to handle the boss. The deadline is looming and she's got writer's block. Her boyfriend, Tony, agrees to be her ghostwriter. The article he turns in offends everyone in the office.
956"What Every Secretary Knows"November 11, 1956 (1956-11-11)

Opera impresario Bernard Hugo (Charles Evans) is producing a new musical on Broadway and Mr. Sands is determined to place a couple of his clients into the show. When Hugo would not take Sands' calls, Susie gets involved in the project. She volunteers her boss to host a huge banquet of opera lovers. Nan Leslie appears as Phyllis Gerarde and Madge Blake as Mrs. Hugo.

- What Every Secretary Knows
967"Dollars and Sense"November 25, 1956 (1956-11-25)
Susie's shopping and spending is out of control. She hands her paycheck to Vi with orders to ration her to just one dollar a day. Vi is unable to control Susie and her money so Mr. Sands is given the job.
978"Her Best Enemy"December 9, 1956 (1956-12-09)
Cagey Calhoun is desperate to get a look at the Meredith contract, the envy of performers in New York. Sure that Susie wouldn't let him see it, he uses psychology, sweet talk, and an accidental fire to try to get his hands on it. When they don't work, he sends in his dear, ancient "mother" to snoop through her files.
989"Three's a Crowd"December 23, 1956 (1956-12-23)
A producer and a playwright have both become enchanted with Susie. Each becomes so jealous of the other that they cancel their contracts with Susie's boss.
9910"The Big Shot"January 6, 1957 (1957-01-06)
An aspiring young actress is promised a starring role in a play — by the agency's office boy.
10011"That's No Lady – That's an Agent"January 20, 1957 (1957-01-20)
Blanche Colvey is a conniving theatrical agent who turns on her feminine charms to steal a Russian singer before he can sign with Peter. Hearing that Blanche wants to hire a secretary who speaks Russian to help her grab the client, Susie dons a black wig and a thick accent, and shows up as Sonia.
10112"Not Quite Paradise"February 3, 1957 (1957-02-03)
Vi's Aunt Martha and busybody neighbor Della jump to conclusions when she innocently invites Mr. Sands and Susie over for dinner. The two old hens are sure Vi and Peter are a couple and do everything they can to prompt a marriage proposal. This includes making Susie look like an incompetent booze hound.
10213"The Efficiency Expert"February 17, 1957 (1957-02-17)
Mr. Sands takes the advice of a possible future partner and brings in an efficiency expert to streamline the operation. Susie's passive resistance prevents anything from changing.
10314"Two and Two Make Five"March 3, 1957 (1957-03-03)
Susie pictures herself serving a long prison sentence when Inspector Bascom of the Internal Revenue Department comes for an audit. She's asked to explain her return, which puts her mixed-up filing system on display. Meanwhile, Mr. Sands searches for a voice for an animated commercial.
10415"Thy Name Is Sands"March 17, 1957 (1957-03-17)
Peter's eyesight has gotten so bad he can't read anything. Only after Susie prevent him from signing a lousy contract does he agree to see an eye doctor. Even after failing the eye test he refuses to get glasses because he's too vain to admit he's getting older.

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