They Stand Accused

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They Stand Accused
Also known as ''Cross Question''
Genre Dramatized court show
Starring Charles Johnston
Narrated by Harry Creighton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 48 minutes
Original network DuMont
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 11, 1949 (1949-09-11) – December 30, 1954 (1954-12-30)

They Stand Accused (also known as Cross Question) is an American dramatized court show[1] 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.[2]


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.[3] 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.

Episode status[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hui Kyong Chun, Wendy; Keenan, Thomas (2006). New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader. Psychology Press. p. 151. ISBN 0-415-94224-1. 
  2. ^ "DuMont Television Network | Historical Web Site". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  3. ^ McNeil, Alex (1980). Total Television (4th ed.). New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.


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