1 9 5 6 – 1 9 6 0 (USA)
126 x 30 minute episodes
Gale Storm (previously seen in the titular role in My Little Margie) starred as Susanna Pomeroy, the frenetic and predicament-prone social director of the luxury cruise ship SS Ocean Queen sailing between Southampton in England and New York and owned by the Reardon Steamship Lines.
Her foils were “Nugey” Nugent, the ship’s beauty parlour matron (ZaSu Pitts) and the blustery Captain Huxley (Roy Roberts, pictured below).
Also adding to the Captain’s frustration was Cedric the British steward, an impish little fellow played by Jimmy Fairfax, who had a talent for getting into trouble.
Susanna taught dance lessons and deck tennis. She also arranged shuffleboard and bridge matches and did whatever was necessary to keep passengers occupied and happy.
Susanna and Nugey looked forward to each cruise as a means of meeting men. They also involved themselves in passengers’ problems and inevitably caused problems by trying to solve them (the basic format of the series).
Nugey shared a cabin with Susanna. She was rather timid and innocently became involved in Susanna’s misadventures.
The name of the series was changed from Oh! Susanna to The Gale Storm Show shortly after its premiere.
Capt. Simon P. Huxley
Cedric, the Steward