DuMont Network shows that survive at UCLA Film and Television Archive

DuMont Television Network, one of the first commercial television networks, broadcasted from 1946 to 1956. The network existed in a time when preserving television programming was not taken seriously, also, it is well known that the archive of the network was disposed of some time in the 1970s. Nevertheless, a surprising amount of DuMont content has survived.

The following is a list of DuMont Television Network programs for which episodes are preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. It is probably incomplete, for example, 2 episodes of "Chance for a Lifetime" that aired on the network may exist at the archive, but this is unconfirmed. UCLA has 30 episodes of "Boxing From Eastern Parkway" and three episodes of "Boxing With Dennis James", neither of which are listed on IMDb.

Please note that more episodes of DuMont series surviving at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, The Paley Center for Media, the Library of Congress, elsewhere, and in private collections.
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1.
The Admiral Broadway Revue (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A comedy/variety show featuring the early performances of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. (60 mins.)
“ 1 Episode (March 4, 1949) (note: a near-complete run survives at the Library of Congress) ” - ConnectFour
 
2.
A.N.T.A. Album of 1955 (1955 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Closed circuit fund raising performance telecast live from the Adelphi Theatre in New York City to 31 movie theaters across the country. The project was a joint venture by the American National Theatre & Academy and CARE. (120 mins.)
Director: Barry Shear
“ Special shown March 28, 1955. ” - ConnectFour
 
3.
Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena (1946 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A television series consisting of boxing matches. (120 mins.)
“ 5 incomplete episodes (also includes several more episodes that aired on WABD after DuMont's demise) ” - ConnectFour
 
4.
Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
"Guardian of the Safety of the World", private citizen-scientist Captain Video, assisted by his teenage helper The Ranger and an army of Video Rangers... (30 mins.)
“ 24 episodes ranging from 1949-1953 ” - ConnectFour
 
5.
Cavalcade of Stars (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An hour of live variety, in the classic sense of television's Golden Age. (60 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cates
“ 15 episodes (some incomplete). ” - ConnectFour
 
6.
Champagne and Orchids (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A fifteen-minute Monday-night musical show. (30 mins.)
Stars: Adrienne
“ Two episodes (with guests Eric Thorsen and Yul Brenner) ” - ConnectFour
 
7.
Charlie Wild, Private Detective (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A half-hour private-eye crime show set in New York. (30 mins.)
“ 2 episodes (plus more episodes from the CBS and ABC runs) ” - ConnectFour
 
8.
Colonel Humphrey Flack (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Colonel Humphrey Flack is the consummate con-man, swindling swindlers at every opportunity. (30 mins.)
Director: John Rich
“ 12 episodes ” - ConnectFour
 
9.
Concert Tonight (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
An hour of classical music performed by the Chicago Symphony. (60 mins.)
“ 1 episode ” - ConnectFour
 
10.
Dark of Night (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
The drama of this show took place in real locations in and around New York City including Bretano's Books, Idlewild Airport, and Schaeffer Brewing. The story revolved around a new set of characters each episode. (30 mins.)
Director: Frank Bunetta
“ One episode (January 30, 1953) ” - ConnectFour
 
11.
Doorway to Fame (1947 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
An early TV talent show. It is believed that none of the 20,000 people who auditioned ever achieved any great fame beyond this show. (30 mins.)
“ Two episodes (March 30 and April 1949) ” - ConnectFour
 
12.
Front Row Center (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(60 mins.)
“ One episode ” - ConnectFour
 
13.
Georgetown University Forum (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ One episode (December 13, 1951) ” - ConnectFour
 
14.
The Goldbergs (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Comedy-drama about a Jewish family living in New York City. In the final season the family moved into the suburbs. (30 mins.)
“ 22 DuMont Network-aired episodes survive of this series, along with a surprisingly good amount of the CBS and NBC episodes, plus all the first-run syndication. Shout! Factory gave this series a DVD release!) ” - ConnectFour
 
15.
The Growing Paynes (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ One episode ” - ConnectFour
 
16.
Gruen Guild Theater (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ Two episodes (May 22 and June 19, 1952) ” - ConnectFour
 
17.
Guide Right (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
Director: Barry Shear
“ 18 episodes ” - ConnectFour
 
18.
International Playhouse (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ 12 episodes (but not all have been confirmed as DuMont episodes) ” - ConnectFour
 
19.
Jimmy Hughes, Rookie Cop (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Jimmy Hughes, a Korean War veteran now on the New York Police force, seeks the killer of his father, also a policeman. (30 mins.)
“ 1 episode (May 8, 1953) ” - ConnectFour
 
20.
The Johns Hopkins Science Review (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A regularly-aired documentary series covering a very wide range of subjects related to science.
“ 3 episodes (note: a much larger number of episodes survive at the Johns Hopkins university) ” - ConnectFour
 
21.
Joseph Schildkraut Presents (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A filmed dramatic anthology series. (30 mins.)
“ 1 episode (November 18, 1953) ” - ConnectFour
 
22.
Kids and Company (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A Saturday-morning chidren's series. (30 mins.)
“ 1 episode (series finale) ” - ConnectFour
 
23.
Life Is Worth Living (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The show featured Most Reverent Fulton J. Sheen, the Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of New York City, offering anecdotes and moral lessons. Many of the talks were about the evils of the Communist form of government. (30 mins.)
“ Four episodes (note: a much larger number episodes are preserved by a Catholic organisation) ” - ConnectFour
 
24.
The Magic Cottage (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A well-received children's series that was broadcast live from New York City.
Director: Hal Cooper
“ Two episodes ” - ConnectFour
 
25.
Marge and Jeff (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A domestic sitcom about a Manhattan newlywed couple. (15 mins.)
“ 27 episodes (yes, I am too shocked by the large number of surviving episodes of this series). ” - ConnectFour
 
26.
Melody Street (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A presentation of music, in which a group of performers lip-synced to other artists hits. This series was short-lived, but the format later had success....in Australia, under the title "Hit Parade". (30 mins.)
“ 2 episodes, plus an excerpt from another episode ” - ConnectFour
 
27.
The Morey Amsterdam Show (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The show had two venues. In December 1948 to March 1949, Morey Amsterdam was the emcee at a small fictional nightclub in New York City's Times Square... (30 mins.)
“ A near-complete run of the 1948-1950 series, consisting of many episodes, and even including a couple of the 1948 CBS episodes. We can only hope this gets a DVD release some day) ” - ConnectFour
 
28.
Newsweek Views the News (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A prime-time public-affairs program featuring editors of Newsweek magazine interviewing guests and discussing current events. (30 mins.)
“ Two episodes (both from 1950) ” - ConnectFour
 
29.
Not for Publication (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Collins is an investigative reporter for the New York Ledger in this dramatic series. (30 mins.)
“ 12 episodes ” - ConnectFour
 
30.
Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A direct descendant of radio's "Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour" (1934-1946), hosted by Major Edward Bowes until his death...
“ 3 (incomplete?) episodes, plus an excerpt from another episode ” - ConnectFour
 
31.
Stump the Stars (1947 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Television's first treatment of "Charades" as played by Hollywood celebrities. The giveaway was the use of gestures that defined "film"... (30 mins.)
“ 2 episodes (there is also a much larger number of surviving episodes from the CBS and ABC runs at the archive). ” - ConnectFour
 
32.
The Paul Dixon Show (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Local talk and variety show that ABC picked up for only one season. It was picked up again a couple of years later by DuMont... (60 mins.)
Director: Lee Hornback
“ 1 episode (network premiere from September 29, 1952) ” - ConnectFour
 
33.
The Pulse of the City (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
“ 3 episodes ” - ConnectFour
 
34.
Rocky King, Detective (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
At the end of each show, Rocky King (Roscoe Karns) calls his wife, Mable, and says, "Case is closed Mable, I'm coming home". (30 mins.)
Director: Dick Sandwick
“ 37 episodes ” - ConnectFour
 
35.
Star Time (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(60 mins.)
“ Four episodes, plus an excerpt from another episode ” - ConnectFour
 
36.
The Ted Steele Show (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A variety show. (30 mins.)
“ 1 episode (series finale from July 12, 1949) ” - ConnectFour
 
37.
This Is Music (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ 2 episodes ” - ConnectFour
 
38.
Vincent Lopez (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A music program aired in a 15-minute time-slot. (15 mins.)
“ One episode (from 1950) ” - ConnectFour
 
39.
Window on the World (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This show featured entertainers from all over the world. Scenes o the performers homeland would be shown behind the entertainer as they performed. (30 mins.)
“ One episode (March 25, 1949) ” - ConnectFour
 
40.
Wisdom of the Ages (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Stars: Jack Barry
“ 1 episode ” - ConnectFour
 
41.
You Asked for It (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This show responded to requests from the viewer, e.g., a look into the vaults at Fort Knox, showing $1 million dollars in $1 bills, etc. (30 mins.)
“ 2 episodes ” - ConnectFour
 
42.
The Stranger (1954 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
The Stranger was a mysterious man who would appear at the moment some distressed person needed assistance. (30 mins.)
Director: Frank Telford
“ 1 episode (12 November 1954) ” - ConnectFour