Once Upon a Tune

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Once Upon a Tune
Written bySid Frank
Directed byBarnaby Smith
StarringBea Arthur
Reginald Beane
Charlotte Rae
Gordon Dilworth
Phil Hanna
Holly Harris
Composer(s)Coleman Dowell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Bob Loewi
Running time30 minutes
Original networkDuMont
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseMarch 6 –
May 15, 1951

Once Upon a Tune is a weekly half-hour American television series that aired on the DuMont Television Network, premiering on March 6, 1951, and running to May 15, 1951.

The series presented original musical productions which were often satirical and tongue-in-cheek adaptations of either classic fairy tales or contemporary Broadway musicals. Bea Arthur made her TV debut on this series.[1][2]

Episode status[edit]

The Paley Center for Media holds kinescope copies of three episodes – one spoofing "Three Little Pigs",[3] one spoofing "Rapunzel",[4] and the third on a 57-minute kinescope film reel. (This latter reel also contains an episode of Mr. Dynamite, a TV series or pilot based on an earlier Hollywood movie of the same name based on a Dashiell Hammett story.)[5]

According to Edie Adams, an actress who worked at DuMont for several years, much of the network's programming archive was destroyed in the 1970s.[6]

See also[edit]



  • David Weinstein, The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004) ISBN 1-59213-245-6
  • Alex McNeil, Total Television, Fourth edition (New York: Penguin Books, 1980) ISBN 0-14-024916-8
  • Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, Third edition (New York: Ballantine Books, 1964) ISBN 0-345-31864-1

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