DuMont Television Network series believed to be completely lost

This list is possibly incomplete.

While there is missing/lost episodes for every TV broadcaster of the 1950s (regardless of country), the survival rate of DuMont Television Network series is much worse than that of NBC, CBS and ABC. Many DuMont programs are largely lost. The following is a list of series for which nothing is known to survive. Please check your attic.

A few series are missing from the list as they are not listed on IMDb.

If any episodes exist of these series in an archive or private collection, please let me know.
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1.
The Adventures of Oky Doky (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Oky Doky, a large cowboy puppet, got to star in his own show after appearing on several other children's variety programs... (30 mins.)
 
2.
The Al Morgan Show (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Pianist-songwriter Al Morgan offered a half-hour of music. (30 mins.)
Director: Don Cook
 
3.
Amanda (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Singer Amanda Randolph sang and hosted this daytime series. (15 mins.)
“ I had assumed this was a local show, but it seems to have been shown on a network level. ” - Thor-Delta
 
4.
Author Meets the Critics (1947 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A panel show in which two critics debated a recently-published book; one critic would assail it, the other would praise it... (30 mins.)
“ One or more episodes broadcast on NBC may exist, though. ” - Thor-Delta
 
5.
Battle of the Ages (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A prime-time talent-contest game show in which children and adult celebrity teams competed for the "most talented team" prize... (30 mins.)
“ Status of CBS version is unknown. ” - Thor-Delta
 
6.
The Big Idea (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A documentary series focusing on modern inventions. (30 mins.)
 
7.
Bowling Headliners (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
8.
Broadway to Hollywood (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
News, gossip, celebrity interviews, and a viewer quiz. (30 mins.)
 
9.
Café de Paris (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This was a music/variety program which was set within an "au courant" Parisian supper-club. The show ran for only two months on the Dumont Network, and no episodes are know to be extant. (15 mins.)
“ Variety series. ” - Thor-Delta
 
10.
Camera Headlines (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
11.
Cash and Carry (1946 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A supermarket quiz show sponsored by Libby's, featuring their products. Also included a pantomime segment and a viewer phone-in segment. (30 mins.)
“ TV's first network game show, and some might say, first reality TV series.

This live series pre-dated the ability to record live television. ” - Thor-Delta
 
12.
Charade Quiz (1947 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Viewers sent in charade suggestions for the repertory actors to act out. If the suggestion stumped the panelists, the viewer won $15. (30 mins.)
 
13.
Chicagoland Mystery Players (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
Director: Ernest A. Lukas
 
14.
Cinema Varieties (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
15.
Country Style (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
The action is set around the bandstand of a small town park. The series uses vignettes, songs, and dances to capture the feel of rural life. Traditional and folk music, along with square dancing, are the rule. (60 mins.)
 
16.
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.)
“ Only a 14-minute fragment is known to survive. ” - Thor-Delta
 
17.
Spin the Picture (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Telephone calls were placed to home viewers who were asked to identify a famous person pictured within a spinning photograph. (60 mins.)
 
18.
Dinner Date (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
19.
The Dotty Mack Show (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Dotty Mack, Bob Braun, and Colin Male lip-sync hit songs of the day in sketches.
“ Status of ABC version is unknown. ” - Thor-Delta
 
20.
Drama at Eight (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
21.
The Drew Pearson Show (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A current-events show featuring newspaper political columnist and investigative reporter Drew Pearson, who would inform viewers of the latest events and/or scandals on the political front. (30 mins.)
“ Status of ABC version is unknown, possibly also lost. ” - Thor-Delta
 
22.
DuMont Evening News (1954 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
An evening newscast anchored by Morgan Beatty. (15 mins.)
 
23.
Elder Michaux (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Solomon Lightfoot Michaux hosted this half-hour religious show, which was broadcast from Washington, D.C. (30 mins.)
“ One of the earliest TV series hosted by an African-American. ” - Thor-Delta
 
24.
The Family Genius (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Sitcom about a child prodigy. Cancelled after less than a month on the air.
 
25.
Famous Fights from Madison Square Garden (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
 
26.
Faraway Hill (1946 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Newly widowed New Yorker Karen St. John moves to a rural town to be close to her relatives. There she... (30 mins.)
Director: David P. Lewis
“ TV's first soap opera. This live-series pre-dated the ability to record live television. ” - Thor-Delta
 
27.
Football Sidelines (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
 
28.
Football This Week (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
 
29.
The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Madame Liu-Tsong owned an art gallery, from which adventure and mystery emanated. (30 mins.)
“ First US series with an Asian-American lead. ” - Thor-Delta
 
30.
Gamble on Love (1954 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A quiz program involving married couples. (30 mins.)
 
31.
Guess What (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
32.
Hands of Mystery (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A prime-time mystery/anthology series seen on Friday nights. (30 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Menkin
 
33.
Happy's Party (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
34.
Have a Heart (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
35.
The Hazel Scott Show (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A music series with pianist Hazel Scott. (15 mins.)
“ First US network series hosted by a Black woman, in this case, pianist Hazel Scott. ” - Thor-Delta
 
36.
Hotel Broadway (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
Director: Harvey Marlowe
 
37.
The Igor Cassini Show (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A Sunday-evening celebrity-interview series. (30 mins.)
 
38.
The Ilona Massey Show (1954 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Weekly Musical Variety Show with Ilona Massey singing in a nightclub atmosphere backed by the musical group, Irving Fields Trio. (30 mins.)
“ Variety series with a set designed to look like a night-club...not an uncommon idea in early television. ” - Thor-Delta
 
39.
I.N.S. Telenews (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
40.
It's a Business (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
"It's A Business" is about two song publishers and their secretary. (30 mins.)
“ One of DuMont's few sitcoms. ” - Thor-Delta
 
41.
It's Alec Templeton Time (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Series with blind pianist Alec Templeton. (30 mins.)
“ Hosted by blind piano player/satirist. ” - Thor-Delta
 
42.
Open Door (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
43.
The Joan Edwards Show (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
“ Music series. ” - Thor-Delta
 
44.
Johnny Olsen's Rumpus Room (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
45.
Key to the Ages (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
46.
Key to the Missing (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A live half-hour documentary series in which people in search of long-lost family or friends were interviewed. (30 mins.)
 
47.
Birthday Party (1947 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
48.
Ladies Before Gentlemen (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Panel show: male celebrities interviewed a female guest who defended the feminine point of view on the topics discussed.
 
49.
Ladies' Date (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
50.
The Laytons (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ First sitcom with an African-American in a regular role. ” - Thor-Delta
 
51.
Look Upon a Star (1947 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This series was a talent show. The talent consisted of high school students. (30 mins.)
 
52.
Love Story (1954 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
53.
Monodrama Theater (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This was really basic television, yet effective in its own way. Actors performed or read their lines (usually monologues) before a black curtain...
“ Actually only aired on DuMont flagship station WABD-TV, but considered typical of DuMont's low-budget, quirky programming. ” - Thor-Delta
 
54.
Major Dell Conway of the Flying Tigers (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
The Major was an American secret agent, posing as a pilot for the Flying Tigers airline. (30 mins.)
 
55.
Manhattan Spotlight (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
 
56.
The Most Important People (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
 
57.
The Music Show (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Musical program with four singers. Douglas and Van sang the popular songs while Noel and Warner or Peterson sang the more classical songs... (30 mins.)
Director: Barry McKinley
 
58.
Music from Chicago (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A short-lived live Sunday-evening musical-variety program. (30 mins.)
 
59.
The Needle Shop (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Alice Burrows provided tips on sewing. (15 mins.)
“ I had assumed this was a local show, but it seems to have been shown on a network level. ” - Thor-Delta
 
60.
News Gal (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
61.
The O'Neills (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Dress designer Peggy O'Neil is attempting to raise two children, Janice and Eddie, while dealing with Uncle Bill... (30 mins.)
 
62.
One Man's Story (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Menkin
 
63.
One Minute Please (1954 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
The panelists were given a topic and asked to talk nonstop for one minute about the subject. The panelist... (30 mins.)
 
64.
One Woman's Story (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Menkin
 
65.
Operation Information (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This public-service series was designed to inform military veterans of their rights and benefits. (30 mins.)
 
66.
Our Secret Weapon: The Truth (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
67.
Pet Shop (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A prime-time television series about pets.
 
68.
Play the Game (1946 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A celebrity charades game. Home viewers were invited to call in with their guesses. (30 mins.)
“ This live series pre-dated the ability to record live television. ” - Thor-Delta
 
69.
Playroom (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
70.
The Power of Women (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
71.
Pro Football Highlights (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
72.
Program Playhouse (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
73.
Quick on the Draw (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
Director: Bill Warwick
 
74.
The Secret Files of Captain Video (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This innovative half-hour science-fiction anthology aired live each Saturday morning. Captain Video... (30 mins.)
“ A spin-off from "Captain Video and His Video Rangers", a series for which most episodes are lost. ” - Thor-Delta
 
75.
Report Card for Parents (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Described by the New York Times as a discussion series about child-parent relationships. (30 mins.)
 
76.
Rhythm Rodeo (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A low-budget musical show that was supposedly "Western" but featured all types of popular music. (30 mins.)
 
77.
The Roy Doty Show (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
Stars: Roy Doty
 
78.
Scoreboard (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
 
79.
Shadow of the Cloak (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Peter House was an agent for International Security Intelligence in this live spy series. (30 mins.)
 
80.
Stage a Number (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A live prime-time talent showcase for aspiring writers, dancers, choreographers, actors, singers, and other performers and backstage people...
 
81.
Stage Entrance (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
Director: Bill Seaman
 
82.
The Stan Shaw Show (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A presentation of pop music, which aired in a daytime time-slot. (60 mins.)
Stars: Stan Shaw
“ I had assumed this was a local show, but it seems to have shown on a network level. ” - Thor-Delta
 
83.
Starlit Time (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A live Sunday-evening musical revue.
 
84.
The Strawhatters (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This was a talent show which really featured the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey. (30 mins.)
Director: Frank Bunetta
 
85.
Susan Raye (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Susan Raye was a singer and pianist who entertained the audience with music. (15 mins.)
Stars: Susan Raye
 
86.
Take the Break (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Described as being a disc jockey show, but little is known about this series. (30 mins.)
 
87.
Talent Jackpot (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Summer replacement show featuring five acts of aspiring entertainers. The emcee was Vinton Freedley... (30 mins.)
 
88.
The Talent Shop (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
89.
Teen Time Tunes (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short lived (4 months), low-budget show featuring Sue Benjamin singing with the Alan Logan trio. (15 mins.)
 
90.
They're Off (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
91.
Time for Reflection (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A Sunday-evening program of poetry readings and inspirational prose. (15 mins.)
Stars: David Ross
 
92.
Time Will Tell (1954 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
93.
Trash or Treasure? (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Owners of collectible items and antiques brought them to antiques expert Sigmund Rothschild for an appraisal of value. (30 mins.)
 
94.
TV Shopper (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
95.
The Walter Compton News (1947 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Walter Compton read the news, accompanied by occasional use of slides. (15 mins.)
 
96.
The Week in Religion (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
One hour ecumenical religious show divided into three 20-minute segments for the Protestants, Catholics and Jewish viewers. (60 mins.)
 
97.
What's Your Bid (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This show originated on the ABC-TV network in February 1953 with one cast and switched to the Dumont TV network in May 1953 with a different cast... (30 mins.)
 
98.
Where Was I? (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Quiz show with the panelists attempting to guess a location by looking at photos and listening to clues. (30 mins.)
 
99.
Windy City Jamboree (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
100.
With This Ring (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X