DuMont Network shows which survive at the Paley Center for Media

The DuMont Television Network was one of the first commercial television networks. It broadcasted from 1946 to 1956, and aired a wide variety of shows of many genres. At the time, the idea of preserving television shows for later-use was not taken seriously by many people. Also, what the network did keep was disposed of in the late-1970s.

The following is a list of DuMont network shows that have footage surviving at the Paley Center for Media. Some of these may be duplicates of stuff held by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, but much of it is not.

Furthur DuMont Network kinescope recordings survive at other archives, such as the previously mentioned UCLA Film and Television Archive, Library of Congress, and in private collections (such as an episode of "On Your Way").

Stuff at Paley not listed below: "Adlai Stevenson Speech from Salt Lake City" - 1952 recording of a television broadcast by the US presidential candidate.
Possibly 1 episode each of "Stop the Play" and "Swing Into Sports" - Was these local series from DuMont flagship station WABD?
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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.)
“ 18 episodes of this series which aired for 19 episodes. ” - Thor-Delta
 
2.
And Everything Nice (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Hosted by noted fashion figure Maxine Barrat, this program offered women around the country weekly tips on makeup and fashion for each new season... (30 mins.)
“ 1 episode (from 1949) ” - Thor-Delta
 
3.
Better Living TV Theatre (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ Possibly 1 episode (from 1954?) ” - Thor-Delta
 
4.
The Big Issue (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Sponsored by the Saturday Evening Post for its first season, this series offered debates on topical issues. (30 mins.)
“ 1 episode ("Peace in the Middle East", aired November 2, 1952) ” - Thor-Delta
 
5.
Your Big Moment (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A short-lived prime-time matchmaking program in whih viewers who had written in search of a blind date... (30 mins.)
“ 1 episode (August 25, 1953) ” - Thor-Delta
 
6.
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
“ 17 episodes ” - Thor-Delta
 
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.)
“ At least 4 episodes ” - Thor-Delta
 
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
“ 2 episodes ” - Thor-Delta
 
9.
Court of Current Issues (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This public-affairs program had the misfortune of having to compete against Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theater", and therefore its ratings were always low. It featured debates over topical issues. (60 mins.)
“ A 14 minute fragment from a 1949 episode ” - Thor-Delta
 
10.
Dollar a Second (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A prime-time game show, where contestants earned one dollar for each second that the host's questions were answered correctly. Incorrect replies earned punishment - a stunt had to be performed, a la "Truth or Consequences". (30 mins.)
“ 1 episode ” - Thor-Delta
 
11.
Flight to Rhythm (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ 2 episodes (from 1949) ” - Thor-Delta
 
12.
The Growing Paynes (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ At least 4 episodes ” - Thor-Delta
 
13.
Guide Right (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
Director: Barry Shear
“ 2 episodes ” - Thor-Delta
 
14.
Hold That Camera (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
An American game show that turned into a Variety series just after a few episodes. Originally hosted by Jimmy Blaine, but after the overhaul, Miss Television 1948, Kyle MacDonnell took over the hosting duties. (30 mins.)
“ 1 episode (December 1, 1950) ” - Thor-Delta
 
15.
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.
“ 8 episodes (note: a much larger amount of episodes survive at the Johns Hopkins University itself) ” - Thor-Delta
 
16.
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.)
“ 2 episodes ” - Thor-Delta
 
17.
Life Begins at Eighty (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A panel discussion program, in which the panelists were all elderly. (30 mins.)
“ 1 episode ” - Thor-Delta
 
18.
The Magic Cottage (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A well-received children's series that was broadcast live from New York City.
Director: Hal Cooper
“ 1 episode (from December 28, 1950) ” - Thor-Delta
 
19.
Marge and Jeff (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A domestic sitcom about a Manhattan newlywed couple. (15 mins.)
“ Four episodes ” - Thor-Delta
 
20.
The Morey Amsterdam Show (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 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.)
“ Two episodes (a much larger number of episodes survive at the UCLA Film and Television Archive) ” - Thor-Delta
 
21.
The New York Times Youth Forum (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Arnee Nocks
“ 1 episode (September 27, 1952) ” - Thor-Delta
 
22.
Once Upon a Tune (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A series presenting short musicals for television.
“ 3 episodes ” - Thor-Delta
 
23.
Opera Cameos (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A presentation of excerpts from operas. (30 mins.)
“ Footage from 8 different episodes ” - Thor-Delta
 
24.
Operation Success (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ 2 episodes (both reportedly from 1948) ” - Thor-Delta
 
25.
Photographic Horizons (1947 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ 1 episode (from 1948) ” - Thor-Delta
 
26.
Rocky King, Detective (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 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
“ Seven episodes ” - Thor-Delta
 
27.
This Is Music (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ 2 episodes ” - Thor-Delta
 
28.
Famous Jury Trials (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A dramatized courtroom drama, with flashbacks. (30 mins.)
“ Possibly 1 episode (this is unconfirmed) ” - Thor-Delta
 
29.
Small Fry Club (1947 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This genteel children's show aimed at pre-schoolers encouraged good behavior among its viewers. Skits... (30 mins.)
“ Excerpt from 1 episode. ” - Thor-Delta