List of surviving DuMont Television Network broadcasts

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Still from Captain Video and His Video Rangers, one of DuMont's most popular programs.

The DuMont Television Network was launched in 1946 and ceased broadcasting in 1956. Allen DuMont, who created the network, preserved most of what it produced in kinescope format. By 1958, however, much of the library had been destroyed to recover the silver content.[1] Most of whatever survived was loaded onto three trucks and dumped into Upper New York Bay in the mid-1970s.[2][3] Since then, there has been extensive research on which DuMont programs have episodes extant.

Due to the possibilities that various unknown collectors may be in possession of programs and/or episodes not listed here, and that the sources below may actually hold more than what is listed (for example, through a mislabeled film can), this list is very likely incomplete.

For a list of program series aired on DuMont, see List of programs broadcast by the DuMont Television Network.

Held by the UCLA Film and Television Archive[edit]

Held by the Paley Center for Media[edit]

In addition to the below, there is one listing each for Famous Jury Trials[9] and Small Fry Club,[10] neither of which have any information other than the catalog number.

Held by the Museum of Broadcast Communications[edit]

Held by the Library of Congress[edit]

The J. Fred & Leslie W. MacDonald Collection, formerly MacDonald & Associates film archive in Chicago, is now held by the Library of Congress. In addition to the below, the collection also holds eighteen 30- and 60-second commercials produced in 1951 for DuMont TV receivers.

Held by TV4U[edit]

TV4U, a service of Margate Entertainment, ceased public operations some time in 2012. Note: Only one episode of the following.

Held by the Internet Archive[edit]

The Internet Archive collection is limited to those shows which have lapsed into the public domain.

Held by others[edit]

  • Concert Tonight – one episode (November 18, 1953) held by the Peabody Award collection[14]
  • Jazz Party – three episodes (September 18, October 9, and December 25, 1958) at YouTube
  • The Johns Hopkins Science Review – entire series (186 episodes) held by Johns Hopkins University, most of which are DuMont episodes
  • Keep Posted – one episode from 1952 ("Should Truman be Renominated?") held by the Peabody Award collection[15]
  • Life Is Worth Living – unknown number held by The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation, possibly complete run
  • Man Against Crime – 28 episodes available on DVD (out of 84 episodes total)
  • Meet the Boss – one episode held by the Peabody Award collection[16]
  • Off the Record – one episode (October 18, 1951) from WTTG with Art Lamb and Aletha Agee at YouTube[17]
  • Studio 57 – entire series (including DuMont-aired episodes) is very likely held by Universal Television. Unlike most DuMont series, it was produced directly on film by an outside production company (Revue Productions), whose successor renewed the copyrights to the episodes, including those aired on DuMont, which may confirm their existence. (See US Copyright Office website for registrations.)
  • This Is the Life – one episode (September 9, 1952 premiere) at YouTube
  • Tom Corbett, Space Cadet – unknown number held by Wade Williams Productions
  • Twenty Questions – one episode (November 16, 1953) held by DePauw University and at YouTube
  • The Wendy Barrie Show – one episode at YouTube featuring Jack Shaindlin as guest
  • Other shows at YouTube/Google Video.
  • Archivist Ira Gallen has an unknown number of DuMont network broadcasts.
  • The estate of Dennis James may own a substantial amount of programming with him as host (some of which may have been the original source of programs in other collections); James kept an archive with samples of his work as a résumé supplement during his lifetime.
  • DuMont historian and radio broadcaster Clarke Ingram has an unknown number of DuMont network broadcasts.
  • WWE has footage of DuMont wrestling matches held in the New York/Washington D.C. area (including footage from Madison Square Garden III among other wrestling footage from this period, most notably featuring Gorgeous George), which is from WWE's direct corporate predecessor, Capitol Wrestling Corporation. The McMahon family (in particular patriarch Jess McMahon and later Vince McMahon, Sr.), owners of the then-CWC, archived this footage on their own and not through DuMont.
  • More DuMont-era wrestling footage has turned up with a collector in Japan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ REMINISCING: Day in Court, Winchell-Mahoney Time - DuMont Shows: Not to Be Seen Again, ROGER M. GRACE, Metropolitan News-Enterprise, May 29, 2003
  2. ^ Adams, Edie (March 1996). "Television/Video Preservation Study: Los Angeles Public Hearing". National Film Preservation Board. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  3. ^ DuMont historical website, Channel 5
  4. ^ UCLA Archive: The Bigelow Theatre (October 4, 1951 listing)
  5. ^ UCLA Archive: The Bigelow Theatre (December 27, 1951 listing)
  6. ^ UCLA Archive: The Goldbergs DVD
  7. ^ UCLA Archive: Pantomime Quiz
  8. ^ UCLA Archive: The Stranger
  9. ^ Paley Center: Famous Jury Trials
  10. ^ Paley Center: Small Fry Club
  11. ^ Paley Center: Adlai Stevenson Speech
  12. ^ Paley Center: Better Living TV Theater
  13. ^ The Milwaukee Sentinel (June 24, 1951)
  14. ^ Peabody Award Collection: Concert Tonight
  15. ^ Peabody Award Collection: Keep Posted
  16. ^ Peabody Award Collection: Meet the Boss
  17. ^ Billboard (November 24, 1951 issue, page 14) via Google Books

External links[edit]

Unless otherwise noted, all links are to the Internet Archive.