DuMont Network shows that survive at UCLA Film and Television Archiveby 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.
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.
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 »
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.
15 episodes (some incomplete).
6. Champagne and Orchids (1948–1949)
A fifteen-minute Monday-night musical show.
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.
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.
9. Concert Tonight (1953–1955)
60 min | Documentary, Family, Music
An hour of classical music performed by the Chicago Symphony.
10. Dark of Night (1952–1953)
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.
One episode (January 30, 1953)
11. Doorway to Fame (1947–1949)
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.
Two episodes (March 30 and April 1949)
12. Front Row Center (1949–1950)
60 min | Comedy, Family, Western
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.
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.
16. Gruen Guild Theater (1951–1953)
30 min | Drama
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.
1 episode (May 8, 1953)
20. The Johns Hopkins Science Review (1948–1954)
A regularly-aired documentary series covering a very wide range of subjects related to science.
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.
1 episode (November 18, 1953)
22. Kids and Company (1951–1952)
30 min | Family
A Saturday-morning chidren's series.
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.
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.
25. Marge and Jeff (1953– )
15 min | Comedy, Family
A domestic sitcom about a Manhattan newlywed couple.
27 episodes (yes, I am too shocked by the large number of surviving episodes of this series).
26. Melody Street (1953– )
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".
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
1 episode (network premiere from September 29, 1952)
33. The Pulse of the City (1953– )
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".
35. Star Time (1950–1951)
60 min | Comedy, Family, Music
Four episodes, plus an excerpt from another episode
36. The Ted Steele Show (1948–1957)
30 min | Music
A variety show.
1 episode (series finale from July 12, 1949)
37. This Is Music (1951–1959)
30 min | Family, Music
38. Vincent Lopez (1949– )
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.
One episode (March 25, 1949)
40. Wisdom of the Ages (1952–1953)
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.