List of surviving DuMont Television Network broadcasts

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Still from Captain Video and His Video Rangers, one of DuMont's most popular programs.

The DuMont Television Network was launched in 1946 and ceased broadcasting in 1956. Allen DuMont, who created the network, preserved most of what it produced in kinescope format. By 1958, however, much of the library had been destroyed to recover the silver content.[1] Most of whatever survived was loaded onto three trucks and dumped into Upper New York Bay in the mid-1970s.[2][3] Since then, there has been extensive research on which DuMont programs have episodes extant.

Due to the possibilities that various unknown collectors may be in possession of programs and/or episodes not listed here, and that the sources below may actually hold more than what is listed (for example, through a mislabeled film can), this list is very likely incomplete.

For a list of program series aired on DuMont, see List of programs broadcast by the DuMont Television Network.

Held by the UCLA Film and Television Archive[edit]

Held by the Paley Center for Media[edit]

In addition to the below, there is one listing each for Famous Jury Trials[9] and Small Fry Club,[10] neither of which have any information other than the catalog number.

Held by the Museum of Broadcast Communications[edit]

Held by the Library of Congress[edit]

The J. Fred & Leslie W. MacDonald Collection, formerly MacDonald & Associates film archive in Chicago, is now held by the Library of Congress. In addition to the below, the collection also holds eighteen 30- and 60-second commercials produced in 1951 for DuMont TV receivers.

Held by TV4U[edit]

TV4U was a service of the TVS Television Network. Much of its archive can be found at TVS's Dailymotion page.

Note: Only one episode of the following.

Held by the Internet Archive[edit]

The Internet Archive collection is limited to those shows which have lapsed into the public domain.

Held by others[edit]

  • Concert Tonight – one episode (November 18, 1953) held by the Peabody Award collection[14]
  • Jazz Party – three episodes (September 18, October 9, and December 25, 1958) at YouTube
  • The Johns Hopkins Science Review – entire series (186 episodes) held by Johns Hopkins University, most of which are DuMont episodes
  • Keep Posted – one episode from 1952 ("Should Truman be Renominated?") held by the Peabody Award collection[15]
  • Life Is Worth Living – unknown number held by The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation, possibly complete run
  • Man Against Crime – 28 episodes available on DVD (out of 84 episodes total)
  • Meet the Boss – one episode held by the Peabody Award collection[16]
  • NFL on DuMont – highlight footage from a sideline camera, without audio, from the 1953 NFL Championship Game;[17] also limited highlights from week 1 and week 6 Saturday Night Football games (see Pro Football Highlights below) on YouTube
  • Off the Record – one episode (October 18, 1951) from WTTG with Art Lamb and Aletha Agee at YouTube[18]
  • Pro Football Highlights / Time for Football — two episodes (Week 1 and Week 6, 1954) at YouTube, this also includes limited game footage from NFL on DuMont games[19][20]
  • Time For Reflection - one episode from December, 1950, held in private collection
  • Studio 57 – entire series (including DuMont-aired episodes) is very likely held by Universal Television. Unlike most DuMont series, it was produced directly on film by an outside production company (Revue Productions), whose successor renewed the copyrights to the episodes, including those aired on DuMont, which may confirm their existence. (See US Copyright Office website for registrations.)
  • This Is the Life – one episode (September 9, 1952 premiere) at YouTube
  • Tom Corbett, Space Cadet – unknown number held by Wade Williams Productions
  • Twenty Questions – one episode (November 16, 1953) held by DePauw University and at YouTube
  • The Wendy Barrie Show – one episode at YouTube featuring Jack Shaindlin as guest
  • Other shows at YouTube.
  • Archivist Ira Gallen has an unknown number of DuMont network broadcasts.
  • DuMont historian and radio broadcaster Clarke Ingram has the only known surviving footage of Happy's Party.
  • The estate of Dennis James may own a substantial amount of programming with him as host (some of which may have been the original source of programs in other collections); James kept an archive with samples of his work as a résumé supplement during his lifetime.
  • WWE has footage of DuMont wrestling matches held in the New York/Washington D.C. area (including footage from Madison Square Garden III among other wrestling footage from this period, most notably featuring Gorgeous George), which is from WWE's direct corporate predecessor, Capitol Wrestling Corporation. The McMahon family (in particular patriarch Jess McMahon and later Vince McMahon, Sr.), owners of the then-CWC, archived this footage on their own and not through DuMont.
  • More DuMont-era wrestling footage has turned up with a collector in Japan.
  • Several shows at Dailymotion
  • A Roku channel, Days of DuMont, streams over 100 shows upgraded to 1080p, many with improved audio.


  1. ^ REMINISCING: Day in Court, Winchell-Mahoney Time – DuMont Shows: Not to Be Seen Again, ROGER M. GRACE, Metropolitan News-Enterprise, May 29, 2003
  2. ^ Adams, Edie (March 1996). "Television/Video Preservation Study: Los Angeles Public Hearing". National Film Preservation Board. Library of Congress. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-09-24.
  3. ^ DuMont historical website, Channel 5 Archived 2013-08-23 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ UCLA Archive: The Bigelow Theatre (October 4, 1951 listing)[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ UCLA Archive: The Bigelow Theatre (December 27, 1951 listing)[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ UCLA Archive: The Goldbergs DVD
  7. ^ UCLA Archive: Pantomime Quiz
  8. ^ UCLA Archive: The Stranger
  9. ^ Paley Center: Famous Jury Trials
  10. ^ Paley Center: Small Fry Club
  11. ^ "The Paley Center for Media". The Paley Center for Media. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  12. ^ Paley Center: Better Living TV Theater
  13. ^ "The Milwaukee Sentinel - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  14. ^ Peabody Award Collection: Concert Tonight
  15. ^ Peabody Award Collection: Keep Posted
  16. ^ Peabody Award Collection: Meet the Boss
  17. ^ Vol Brian (29 June 2009). "1953 NFL Championship - Lions vs. Browns - Vol. 1". Retrieved 16 April 2018 – via YouTube.
  18. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (24 November 1951). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 16 April 2018 – via Google Books.
  19. ^
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External links[edit]

Unless otherwise noted, all links are to the Internet Archive.