65th Anniversary of Miss Susan

Short-lived soap opera Miss Susan premiered 65 years ago today on NBC. Susan Peters, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a hunting accident in 1944, starred as Susan Martin, a young attorney who returns home to Ohio and immediately finds herself mixed up in legal shenanigans. Little is known about the plot of the series, which also featured Helen Ray, Natalie Priest, Mark Roberts, Katheryn Grill, Robert Courtleigh, Don Hanmer, Ralph Robertson, and Joseph Foley. There was romance, murder, theft, kidnapping, babies, shootings, and more.

Left: Mark Roberts and Susan Peters as Bill Carter and Susan Martin; Right: Susan Peters as Susan Martin
Left: Mark Roberts and Susan Peters as Bill Carter and Susan Martin; Right: Susan Peters as Susan Martin
Copyright © TV News, 1951

Miss Susan ran for an estimated 210 episodes between March and December 1951. The final episode aired on December 28th. Only two episodes are known to exist (the Tuesday, July 3rd and Friday, August 24th installments). Both can be viewed at The Paley Center for Media.

I watched the July 3rd episode about seven or eight years ago but don’t remember much about it and unfortunately my notes are very incomplete. Apparently I didn’t think it necessary to write down a summary of the plot. You can find my article about Miss Susan here.

Sadly, Susan Peters died at the age of 31 less than a year after Miss Susan went off the air.


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