They Stand Accused
|They Stand Accused|
|Also known as||Cross Question|
|Genre||dramatized court show|
|Narrated by||Harry Creighton|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||48 minutes|
|Original release||September 11, 1949– December 30, 1954|
They Stand Accused (also known as Cross Question) is an American dramatized court show broadcast on the now-defunct DuMont Television Network from September 11, 1949 to October 5, 1952 and again from September 9 to December 30, 1954.
The series was recorded in a courtroom presided over by attorney Charles Johnston and broadcast live from Chicago's WGN-TV, with jurors chosen from the studio audience. On most DuMont affiliates, They Stand Accused aired Sundays at 9pm ET during the 1949-1950 television season, then Sundays at 10pm ET, and then Thursdays at 8pm ET during 1954.
One of the network's more enduring shows, They Stand Accused was cancelled at the end of 1954.
At least two episodes exist: the December 23, 1950 episode is held in the J. Fred MacDonald collection at the Library of Congress, while an episode from late 1954 ("The Johnny Roberts Story") can be viewed online at the Internet Archive.
- List of programs broadcast by the DuMont Television Network
- List of surviving DuMont Television Network broadcasts
- 1949-50 United States network television schedule
- 1950-51 United States network television schedule
- 1951-52 United States network television schedule
- 1954-55 United States network television schedule
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- Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, Third edition (New York: Ballantine Books, 1964) ISBN 0-345-31864-1