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This page is dedicated to online videos of surviving episodes of DuMont programs, and relevant external links (such as interviews with DuMont executives, personalities, and historians), as well as other online items of interest.
In the interest of allowing this page to load quickly regardless of connection speed, the videos are not embedded into the page itself but are instead linked in a way that opens a new browser window or tab with the external page containing the video. The list is organized first by program title and then by original broadcast date.
The vast majority of DuMont programs were routinely kinescoped due to the network's large number of non-interconnected affiliates and relative lack of live station clearances. As a result, DuMont's Teletranscription Department had accumulated 12,000 films by 1953, and as many as 20,000 by 1955. Unfortunately, nearly all of these films were unceremoniously discarded in the early 1970s. Under the circumstances, we are fortunate to have these samples of the DuMont Television Network to enjoy, more than a half-century after its demise.
ADMIRAL BROADWAY REVUE
Big-budget variety show starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, sponsored by Admiral television sets, and simulcast on NBC and DuMont. Caesar and Coca moved on to the legendary Your Show Of Shows on NBC the following year.
ADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN, THE
Richard Hart played Ellery Queen until his untimely death in January, 1951 and then was succeeded by Lee Bowman.
CAPTAIN VIDEO AND HIS VIDEO RANGERS
Richard Coogan played Captain Video until December 1950, when he was succeeded by the better-known Al Hodge. A very young Don Hastings played his sidekick, the Video Ranger.
CASES OF EDDIE DRAKE, THE
CAVALCADE OF STARS
DuMont's big variety show was hosted in succession by Jack Carter, Jerry Lester, Jackie Gleason, and Larry Storch.
FRONT PAGE DETECTIVE
The entire surviving television archive of "The Goldbergs" (71 shows in all, including 22 DuMont episodes, as well as those that aired on CBS, NBC, and in syndication):
HOLD THAT CAMERA
JOHNS HOPKINS SCIENCE REVIEW, THE
Produced, written, and hosted by Lynn Poole, and originating from WAAM (now WJZ-TV) in Baltimore, this program earned the DuMont network a Peabody Award in 1952.
KIDS AND COMPANY
LIFE IS WORTH LIVING
This weekly series of talks by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen of the Catholic Diocese of New York won an Emmy Award in 1952 and put a dent in the ratings of early TV superstar Milton Berle. Numerous episodes are available on YouTube. Here is a rarity, a chance to see the program as it originally aired, with the DuMont opening and closing intact:
MISS U.S. TELEVISION GRAND FINALS
MOREY AMSTERDAM SHOW, THE
OLD AMERICAN BARN DANCE, THE
Filmed music program from Chicago, aired as a summer replacement. A strange choice for DuMont, given its primarily big-city, East Coast audience. Seven episodes are online.
ON YOUR WAY
ROCKY KING, DETECTIVE
SENSE AND NONSENSE
THEY STAND ACCUSED
TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET
WENDY BARRIE SHOW, THE
Rare footage from her local TV show on WABD, not long after DuMont folded (March 2, 1956).
ARCHIVE OF AMERICAN TELEVISION
Interviews with actors, writers, producers, directors, executives, and others who have been associated in some way with the DuMont Television Network.
C-SPAN2's BookTV, from July 20, 2004 featuring David Weinstein, author of The Forgotten Network. (first chapter of book in PDF format)
Weinstein on a 2004 podcast discussing the network (with some audio clips of shows).
Transcript of a 1973 interview with Thomas T. Goldsmith at the IEEE Global History Network website.
Interview with James L. Caddigan, Jr., whose father was the director of programming for the DuMont network pretty much from beginning to end, and who also invented the Electronicam (no doubt with engineering help).
Some DuMont programs, as well as many other television shows and films, are available for free download and streaming at the Internet Archive. If you wish to purchase DuMont programs on DVD, the author has had extensive dealings with the following vendors and found them to be reputable, offering quality products.
P.O. Box 77
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P.O. Box 3125
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Video Yesteryear, probably the best-known purveyor of vintage radio and television shows, was sold in 1998, merged with another company, and no longer offers TV shows for sale. The company did not survive into the DVD era. VHS tapes occasionally can be found on Amazon or eBay.
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