The Gale Storm Show

The Gale Storm Show is an American sitcom starring Gale Storm. The series premiered on September 29, 1956, and ran until 1960 for 126 half-hour black-and-white episodes, initially on CBS and in its last year on ABC. Its title is also seen as The Gale Storm Show: Oh, Susanna.[1]

The Gale Storm Show
James Fairfax, Gale Storm, and ZaSu Pitts (1956)
Also known as''Oh, Susanna''
Created byLee Karson
StarringGale Storm
ZaSu Pitts
Roy Roberts
James Fairfax
Composer(s)Leon Klatzkin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes126
Executive producer(s)Hal Roach
Producer(s)Hal Roach, Jr.
Lou Derman
Alex Gottlieb
Running time26 minutes
Production company(s)Hal Roach Studios
Independent Television Corporation
DistributorIndependent Television Corporation
Original networkCBS (1956–1959)
ABC (1959–1960)
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 29, 1956 (1956-09-29) 
September 22, 1960 (1960-09-22)

The Gale Storm Show was produced initially by Hal Roach Studios. The Roach company later sold the program to Independent Television Corporation.[2]

The series was aired under the title Oh, Susanna in syndication.[2]


The series is based on a cruise director, Susanna Pomeroy (Storm), on a ship traveling around the world. A cast of regular characters inhabits the ship and new situations are created as the ship moors in ports. Unlike her previous role on My Little Margie, Storm's character emits a shrill, two-fingered whistle to get people's attention. On her previous show, she would make a Trilling sound when in trouble.

The series finished at #16 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1957–1958 season.[3]

Main characters

Notable guest stars

Award nominations

Year Result Award Category Recipient
1959NominatedEmmy AwardBest Supporting Actress (Continuing Character) in a Comedy SeriesZaSu Pitts


  1. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 376. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  2. Tucker, David C. (2012). The Women Who Made Television Funny: Ten Stars of 1950s Sitcoms. McFarland. pp. 150–153. ISBN 9780786487325. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  3. " TV Ratings > 1950's".
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