The Alan Dale Show

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The Alan Dale Show
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Alan Dale in 1948 at the beginning of the run for his TV show.
StarringAlan Dale
Janie Ford
Country of originUnited States
Running time15 minutes (DuMont)
30 minutes (CBS)
Original networkDuMont (1948)
CBS (1950-1951)
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural Stereo
Original releaseAugust 10, 1948 (1948-08-10) –
January 16, 1951 (1951-01-16)

The Alan Dale Show is an early American television program which ran on the DuMont Television Network in 1948, and then on CBS Television from 1950-1951.

Broadcast history[edit]

The Alan Dale Show was a musical variety show starring singers Alan Dale and Janie Ford and set in a record store. The program, produced and distributed by DuMont, premiered August 10, 1948, and aired Tuesday nights from 7:00-7:15 pm ET on most DuMont affiliates.

The network cancelled the series after a few months, but the series continued locally on DuMont's New York station WABD until March 1949.[1] This show was reportedly the first DuMont series to use kinescopes for network broadcast.[2]

In 1950, Alan Dale would go on to host a series on CBS which bore the same name as the DuMont series. From June to November 1950, the new Alan Dale Show aired on Friday nights at 11pm ET. Janie Ford did not star in the CBS version; musical accompaniment was provided by the Milt Green Trio, a trumpet/piano/guitar unit.[3] The show would change to a weekly evening program by December of the year. The CBS version of The Alan Dale Show was cancelled on January 16, 1951.[1]

Episode status[edit]

One June 1948 episode of the DuMont version, when it was still a local show on DuMont flagship station WABD, is held in the J. Fred MacDonald collection at the Library of Congress.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1964). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (3rd ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1
  2. ^ Robert Shagawat, TV Recording Origins p. 34
  3. ^ Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.


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