Appendix Six: MBC
The following is a list of the eight DuMont programs which are known to exist in the archives of the Museum of Broadcast Communications
in Chicago, compiled by the author via MBC's online database. Because
the number of titles is fewer than those at UCLA, greater detail of each
program is provided. Exact air dates and program titles are included
below, where known.
The author has provided this listing as a reference to
assist in documenting those DuMont programs which have survived and are
accessible to the public. You can check the MBC Web site to search for
other DuMont programs, or E-mail the author if you have any additions or
The DuMont programs listed in the MBC database are as follows:
ABC's Breakfast Club with Don McNeill
With: Don McNeill, Fran Allison, Patsy Lee, Johnny
Desmond, and Sam Cowling. Comedy, songs, and audience participation.
(Note: This particular show orignated from WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, but
aired on DuMont's WABD in New York City because ABC did not yet have a
TV station of its own there.)
Cavalcade of Stars
With: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Arthur Lee Simpkins,
Georgia Gibbs, Earl Wilson, Bob Fosse, and the June Taylor Dancers.
Variety show with skits and songs.
Miss U.S. Television Grand Finals
With: Edith (later Edie) Adams. Thirteen contestants vie
for the title of Miss U.S. Television. Broadcast from the Chicago Fair
of 1950. (Note: A brief clip of this program was shown on the WGN-TV
40th Anniversary special in 1988; the author would give his eye teeth to
see the whole thing!)
With: Warren Hull. Panelists try to guess the identity of
the guilty party. (Note: DuMont took the original short TV films from
1947-48 and created a panel show around them to fill the half-hour time
Rocky King, Detective - "Death Has Dark Hands"
With: Roscoe Karns, Grace Carney, Earl Hammond, and Joe
Silver. Dr. Sloan, a famous chemist, is murdered, and Rocky King is
called in on the case.
The Morey Amsterdam Show (listed as Silver Swan Cafe)
With: Morey Amsterdam, Art Carney, Don Russell, and Eileen Barton. Variety show.
They Stand Accused - "The Johnny Roberts Story"
With: Lee Henry, John Himes, Stanley Gordon, Hollis Burke,
Dale Rodney, and Carmelita Pope. In this unusual custody case, a dead
man comes back to life.
Go to Appendix Seven: Rocky King, Detective