Colonel Humphrey Flack

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Colonel Humphrey Flack
Also known as ''The Fabulous Fraud
The Adventures of Colonel Flack
The Imposter''
Directed by John Rich
Seymour Robbie
Starring Alan Mowbray
Frank Jenks
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 39 (original DuMont run)
78 (total)
Running time 30 minutes
Original network DuMont (1953-1954)
Syndication (1958-1959)
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 7, 1953 (1953-10-07) – 1959

Colonel Humphrey Flack is an American sitcom which ran Wednesdays at 9pm ET from October 7, 1953 to July 2, 1954 on the DuMont Television Network, then revived from 1958 to 1959 for first-run syndication.[1]

The series also aired under the titles The Fabulous Fraud, The Adventures of Colonel Flack, and The Imposter.


The series is about a con man who conned other conmen, who gave some of the money to the needy. Colonel Humphrey Flack starred prolific British actor Alan Mowbray as the Colonel, and Frank Jenks as his sidekick, Uthas P. ("Patsy") Garvey. The TV series was based on a popular series of short stories by Everett Rhodes Castle published in The Saturday Evening Post.

The pilot for the series aired on May 31, 1953 on an episode of the ABC Album/Plymouth Playhouse.[2]

When the series was revived in 1958, it was retitled Colonel Flack. The 39 episodes (all remakes of the original 39 episodes) aired from October 5, 1958 to July 5, 1959 in syndication.[3] The syndicated programs were made by Desilu Productions and featured Mowbray and Jenks in their original roles.[4]

Episode status[edit]

At least 12 episodes of the DuMont series are in the collection of the UCLA Film and Television Archive[5] and two episodes are at the Paley Center for Media.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ CTVA entry
  2. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 943. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  3. ^ Colonel Flack
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal (1989). Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years, 1947-1987. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 0-7864-1198-8. P. 56.
  5. ^ UCLA archive entry


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