2 Introduction
3 Stations
4 Pittsburgh
5 Programming
7 Finale
8 Legacy
9 Others
10 Links
11 Bibliography
12 Feedback
13 More Feedback
14 Programs (A-L)
15 Programs (M-Z)
16 News and Sports
17 Electronicam
20 MBC
21 Rocky King
22 Locations
23 Affiliates (1949)
24 A Trail of Bleached Bones
25 More Bleached Bones
26 Notes on Bleached Bones
27 WDTV's Log Books

Appendix Four: Electronicam

One of DuMont's remaining legacies, and the subject of many questions, can be found at the end of the 39 “classic” filmed episodes of The Honeymooners. (These should not be confused with the so-called Lost Episodes unearthed in the 1980's, which are kinescopes from Jackie Gleason's early years at CBS, and bear no relation to DuMont. The filmed episodes themselves also did not air on the DuMont network, but were filmed by DuMont for CBS.)

At the end of these episodes, filmed in 1955, the following notation can be seen in the credits:

Electronicam was an innovative device. By combining a "live" TV camera and a film camera in the same mechanism, it became possible to shoot the show "live" and film it at the same time. The filmed version of the show, intended for reruns, could then be edited using the kinescoped version as a guide. DuMont spent quite a bit of time and money on this invention, which was intended to eliminate the need for kinescopes.

Electronicam, however, came too late to rescue DuMont. The network was already failing (Art Carney's hilarious "Captain Video" schtick on the first filmed Honeymooners episode came literally within weeks of DuMont's demise), and videotape made its debut the following year, rendering Electronicam obsolete.

Go to Appendix Five: UCLA

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