DuMont Network shows that survive at UCLA Film and Television Archive

by Thor-Delta | created - 02 May 2012 | updated - 08 Jul 2012 | Public

DuMont Television Network, one of the first commercial television networks, broadcasted from 1946 to 1956. The network existed in a time when preserving television programming was not taken seriously, also, it is well known that the archive of the network was disposed of some time in the 1970s. Nevertheless, a surprising amount of DuMont content has survived.

The following is a list of DuMont Television Network programs for which episodes are preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. It is probably incomplete, for example, 2 episodes of "Chance for a Lifetime" that aired on the network may exist at the archive, but this is unconfirmed. UCLA has 30 episodes of "Boxing From Eastern Parkway" and three episodes of "Boxing With Dennis James", neither of which are listed on IMDb.

Please note that more episodes of DuMont series surviving at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, The Paley Center for Media, the Library of Congress, elsewhere, and in private collections.

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1. The Admiral Broadway Revue (1949– )

60 min | Comedy, Music

A comedy/variety show featuring the early performances of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.

Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Marge Champion, Gower Champion

Votes: 9

1 Episode (March 4, 1949) (note: a near-complete run survives at the Library of Congress)

2. A.N.T.A. Album of 1955 (1955 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama, Musical

Closed circuit fund raising performance telecast live from the Adelphi Theatre in New York City to 31 movie theaters across the country. The project was a joint venture by the American National Theatre & Academy and CARE.

Director: Barry Shear | Stars: Barbara Bel Geddes, Louie Bellson, Victor Borge, Ray Boyle

Special shown March 28, 1955.

3. Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena (1946–1956)

120 min | Sport

A television series consisting of boxing matches.

Star: Chris Schenkel

5 incomplete episodes (also includes several more episodes that aired on WABD after DuMont's demise)

4. Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949–1955)

TV-Y | 30 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

"Guardian of the Safety of the World", private citizen-scientist Captain Video, assisted by his teenage helper The Ranger and an army of Video Rangers, preserves the peace in the far-off ... See full summary »

Stars: Don Hastings, Al Hodge, Ben Lackland, Hal Conklin

Votes: 81

24 episodes ranging from 1949-1953

5. Cavalcade of Stars (1949–1952)

60 min | Family, Comedy, Music

An hour of live variety, in the classic sense of television's Golden Age.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Jack Carter, The June Taylor Dancers, Art Carney

Votes: 37

15 episodes (some incomplete).

6. Champagne and Orchids (1948–1949)

30 min

A fifteen-minute Monday-night musical show.

Star: Adrienne

Two episodes (with guests Eric Thorsen and Yul Brenner)

7. Charlie Wild, Private Detective (1950–1952)

30 min | Crime, Drama

A half-hour private-eye crime show set in New York.

Stars: John McQuade, Howard Duff, Philippa Bevans, John Shellie

Votes: 10

2 episodes (plus more episodes from the CBS and ABC runs)

8. Colonel Humphrey Flack (1953–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Colonel Humphrey Flack is the consummate con-man, swindling swindlers at every opportunity.

Stars: Alan Mowbray, Frank Jenks, Hillary Brooke, Bob Sheppard

Votes: 21

12 episodes

9. Concert Tonight (1953–1955)

60 min | Documentary, Family, Music

An hour of classical music performed by the Chicago Symphony.

Stars: Rafael Kubelík, Fritz Reiner

Votes: 5

1 episode

10. Dark of Night (1952–1953)

30 min

The drama of this show took place in real locations in and around New York City including Bretano's Books, Idlewild Airport, and Schaeffer Brewing. The story revolved around a new set of characters each episode.

Stars: Joe Boland, Treva Frazee, Alan Hale Jr., Richard W. Hamilton

One episode (January 30, 1953)

11. Doorway to Fame (1947–1949)

30 min

An early TV talent show. It is believed that none of the 20,000 people who auditioned ever achieved any great fame beyond this show.

Stars: Johnny Olson, Ned Harvey, Joe Bolton

Two episodes (March 30 and April 1949)

One episode (December 13, 1951)

14. The Goldbergs (1949–1957)

30 min | Comedy

Comedy-drama about a Jewish-American family living in New York City.

Stars: Gertrude Berg, Eli Mintz, Arlene McQuade, Robert H. Harris

Votes: 138

22 DuMont Network-aired episodes survive of this series, along with a surprisingly good amount of the CBS and NBC episodes, plus all the first-run syndication. Shout! Factory gave this series a DVD release!)

15. The Growing Paynes (1948–1949)

30 min | Family, Comedy

Mr.Paynes son falls in love.

Stars: John Harvey, Judy Parrish, Ed Holmes, David Anderson

One episode

Two episodes (May 22 and June 19, 1952)

12 episodes (but not all have been confirmed as DuMont episodes)

19. Jimmy Hughes, Rookie Cop (1953– )

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jimmy Hughes, a Korean War veteran now on the New York Police force, seeks the killer of his father, also a policeman.

Stars: William Redfield, Wendy Drew, Rusty Lane, David Winters

Votes: 5

1 episode (May 8, 1953)

20. The Johns Hopkins Science Review (1948–1954)

Documentary

A regularly-aired documentary series covering a very wide range of subjects related to science.

Stars: Lynn Poole, Joel Chaseman, Wernher von Braun, Timmy Corcoran

Votes: 7

3 episodes (note: a much larger number of episodes survive at the Johns Hopkins university)

21. Joseph Schildkraut Presents (1952– )

30 min | Drama, Family

A filmed dramatic anthology series.

Stars: Joseph Schildkraut, Martin Berliner, Edward Binns, Ludwig Donath

Votes: 7

1 episode (November 18, 1953)

22. Kids and Company (1951–1952)

30 min | Family

A Saturday-morning chidren's series.

Stars: Johnny Olson, Jimmy Carrick, Ham Fisher

1 episode (series finale)

23. Life Is Worth Living (1952–1965)

30 min | Family, Talk-Show

The show featured Most Reverent Fulton J. Sheen, the Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of New York City, offering anecdotes and moral lessons. Many of the talks were about the evils of the Communist form of government.

Stars: Fulton J. Sheen, Don Russell

Votes: 60

Four episodes (note: a much larger number episodes are preserved by a Catholic organisation)

24. The Magic Cottage (1949–1951)

A well-received children's series that was broadcast live from New York City.

Stars: Pat Meikle, Stuart Bradley, Don Hastings, Bernard Kates

Votes: 16

Two episodes

25. Marge and Jeff (1953– )

15 min | Comedy, Family

A domestic sitcom about a Manhattan newlywed couple.

Stars: Jess Cain, Marge Greene, Dick Stark

Votes: 7

27 episodes (yes, I am too shocked by the large number of surviving episodes of this series).

26. Melody Street (1953– )

30 min

A presentation of music, in which a group of performers lip-synced to other artists hits. This series was short-lived, but the format later had success....in Australia, under the title "Hit Parade".

Stars: Tony Mottola, Elliot Lawrence

2 episodes, plus an excerpt from another episode

27. The Morey Amsterdam Show (1948–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

The show had two venues. In December 1948 to March 1949, Morey Amsterdam was the emcee at a small fictional nightclub in New York City's Times Square. Charlie the Doorman (later Newton the ... See full summary »

Stars: Morey Amsterdam, Art Carney, Johnny Guarnieri, Don Russell

Votes: 24

A near-complete run of the 1948-1950 series, consisting of many episodes, and even including a couple of the 1948 CBS episodes. We can only hope this gets a DVD release some day)

28. Newsweek Views the News (1948– )

30 min | News, Talk-Show

A prime-time public-affairs program featuring editors of Newsweek magazine interviewing guests and discussing current events.

Stars: Ernest K. Lindley, Whittaker Chambers, John Daly, Hede Massing

Two episodes (both from 1950)

29. Not for Publication (1951– )

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Collins is an investigative reporter for the New York Ledger in this dramatic series.

Stars: Jerome Cowan, William Adler, Maurice Burke, Mary Beth Hughes

12 episodes

30. Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour (1948–1970)

TV-G | Comedy, Family, Music

A direct descendant of radio's "Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour" (1934-1946), hosted by Major Edward Bowes until his death. After a one-year hiatus, Ted Mack, who had directed Bowes' ... See full summary »

Stars: Ted Mack, Pat Boone, Barney Ross, Louis Farrakhan

Votes: 33

3 (incomplete?) episodes, plus an excerpt from another episode

31. Stump the Stars (1947– )

30 min | Game-Show

Television's first treatment of "Charades" as played by Hollywood celebrities. The giveaway was the use of gestures that defined "film", "TV show", "book" or "song" as well as "small word (... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Stokey, Vincent Price, Sebastian Cabot, Beverly Garland

Votes: 56

2 episodes (there is also a much larger number of surviving episodes from the CBS and ABC runs at the archive).

32. The Paul Dixon Show (1951– )

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

Local talk and variety show that ABC picked up for only one season. It was picked up again a couple of years later by DuMont. Continued locally for another 23 years. Some of the regulars ... See full summary »

Stars: Bonnie Lou, Colleen Murray, Tom Atkins, Bob Braun

1 episode (network premiere from September 29, 1952)

34. Rocky King, Detective (1950–1954)

30 min | Action, Drama, Crime

At the end of each show, Rocky King (Roscoe Karns) calls his wife, Mabel, and says, "Case is closed Mabel, I'm coming home".

Stars: Roscoe Karns, Todd Karns, Grace Carney, Earl Hammond

Votes: 41

37 episodes

Four episodes, plus an excerpt from another episode

1 episode (series finale from July 12, 1949)

2 episodes

38. Vincent Lopez (1949– )

15 min

A music program aired in a 15-minute time-slot.

Star: Vincent Lopez

One episode (from 1950)

39. Window on the World (1949– )

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

This show featured entertainers from all over the world. Scenes o the performers homeland would be shown behind the entertainer as they performed.

Stars: Merle Kendrick, Gil Lamb

One episode (March 25, 1949)

41. You Asked for It (1950–1959)

30 min | Family

This show responded to requests from the viewer, e.g., a look into the vaults at Fort Knox, showing $1 million dollars in $1 bills, etc.

Stars: Art Baker, Jack Smith, Lon Chaney Jr., Jackie Coogan

Votes: 44

2 episodes

42. The Stranger (1954– )

30 min

The Stranger was a mysterious man who would appear at the moment some distressed person needed assistance.

Star: Robert Carroll

1 episode (12 November 1954)



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