Miss Susan

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Miss Susan
Also known as ''Martinsville, U.S.A.''
Genre Soap opera
Directed by Calvin Jones
Starring Susan Peters
Mark Roberts
Narrated by Earl Gill
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
Production location(s) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Running time 15 minutes
Original network NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release March 12 (1951-03-12) – December 28, 1951 (1951-12-28)

Miss Susan was a daytime drama which aired on NBC from March 12 to December 28, 1951. The show, originating from Philadelphia and later retitled Martinsville, U.S.A., aired for 15 minutes at 3:00 p.m. ET on weekdays. The main writer was William Kendall Clarke. It was the first program with a handicapped person as the star.[1]


The show stars Susan Peters,[1] who had garnered attention in films such as Random Harvest before a 1945 hunting accident left her permanently paralyzed from the waist down.[2] Peters returned to films in 1948, with little success. In 1951 NBC approached her to star in her own series.

Peters played Susan Martin, a paralyzed attorney who moved back to her hometown of Martinsville, Ohio to practice law. Soon after Susan returned to town, she had to decide whether or not the family housekeeper, Laura, was an art thief. When not dealing with these matters, Susan agonized over marrying Bill Carter (Mark Roberts) who wanted lots of kids, but Susan did not know if she could ever have children.

Others in the cast were Katherine Gill as Mrs. Peck, Helen Ray as Laura, and Betsy Palmer.[1]

The program was produced in the studios of WPTZ-TV in Philadelphia.[3]

Colgate, the main sponsor, pulled the plug on the low-rated show in late 1951, replacing it with The Big Payoff. Susan Peters, who had been in declining health during the series' run, died less than a year after the final episode.

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  1. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 696. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. 
  2. ^ Blottner, Gene (2015). Columbia Noir: A Complete Filmography, 1940-1962. McFarland. pp. 202–203. ISBN 9780786470143. Retrieved 18 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Law Shows: Factual and Fictional Series About Judges, Lawyers and the Courtroom, 1948-2008. McFarland. p. 189. ISBN 9780786438280. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 

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