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DuMont Network

(1946-55)  DuMont Network History (1946-56)

The Du Mont Television Network was America's fourth television network which operated from 1946 to 1955.
It was started by Dr. Allen B. Du Mont, who also owned an electronics company by the same name. The network
gave many now-legendary performers their start. Du Mont is best known for low-budget shows that were full of
mistakes. However, there is just something about a DuMont show that programs from other networks in this era
just don't have (or maybe they have something DuMont doesn't). The network went off the air in 1955. Despite
a crooked lawyer who succeeded in throwing away most of these classics, over 300 programs still exist
 

DuMont Network Drama series:

  Public Prosecutor (DuMont Network) (1947-52)  aka Crawford Mystery Theatre

Captain Video And His Video Rangers (DuMont Network) (1949-55)
 
 Famous Jury Trials (DuMont Network) (1949-52)
TransAmerican Production
for  the Dumont Network (Wednesdays 9:30-10pm)
October 12, 1949 - March 12, 1952
30 min live courtroom drama
cast
James Bender ... Prosecuting Attorney
Truman Smith ... Defense Attorney
Narrator Donald Woods
Director Charles Herold
Aired on WGN-TV in Chicago
Based on the radio program of the same name which aired January 5, 1936 until June 25th 1949.
(You can listen to the radio broadcasts at archive.org)
Premise: Re-enactments of real-life criminal trials.

Hands of Murder / Hands of Destiny / Hands of Mystery (DuMont Network) (1949-52) 

  The Plainclothesman (DuMont Network) (1949-54)   

 Charlie Wild, Private Detective (DuMont Network) (1950-52)

Rocky King, Inside Detective (DuMont Network) (1950-54)

Ellery Queen (DuMont Network)(1950-52)

Not for Publication (DuMont Network)(1951-52)   a.k.a. Reporter Collins

Shadow of the Cloak (DuMont Network) (1951-52)

Hollywood Off Beat (DuMont Network/CBS) (1952-53)  a.k.a Steve Randall

Jimmy Hughes Rookie Cop (DuMont Network)(1953)
DuMont Network
1953 (8May53-3Jul53)
Starring: William Redfield as Jimmy Hughes
with: Rusty Lane as Inspector Ferguson
Wendy Drew as Jimmy's sister
Directed by Barry Shear

  Colonel Humphrey Flack (DuMont Network)(1953-54) (live series)

 Night Editor (DuMont Network) (1954) 

The Stranger (DuMont Network)(1954-55)
DuMont Network
Produced and Directed by Frank Telford
US Drama series 25June1954-11Jan55 ? episodes x 30 min
Starring
Bob Carroll as The Stranger
The Stranger, a mysterious individual appears every week to help someone in distress.
Similar format to CBS' "The Millionaire"

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DuMont Network - Dramatic Anthology series:

They Stand Accused (originally titled "Cross Question") DuMont (11Sep49-5Oct52)(9Sep54-30Sep54) Live Courtroom Dramas (60min)

Hands of Destiny/ Hands of Murder/ Hands of Mystery (DuMont)(1949-52)  Dramatic Anthology

Doorway To Fame (DuMont) (1949) Half-hour Dramatic Anthology series

Your Star Theatre - aka - Durkee Story - aka - Home Theatre (DuMont)(1950-51) Dramatic Anthology series (30 min)

Story Theater (DuMont-NBC)(1950-51) Filmed Anthology Series

CosmopolitanTheatre (DuMont)(1951) Dramatic Anthology

Royal Playhouse (DuMont)(1951-52) Dramatic Anthology series (30 min)

 International Playhouse (DuMont) (30May51-14Nov51) Dramatic Anthology series of Short Foreign films

.Bigelow-Sanford Theater (DuMont Fall 1951) Dramatic Anthology series (30 min)
(Previously
Bigelow Theatre (CBS Sundays)(10Dec50-3Jun51)

 Rebound (ABC/DuMont) (1952-53)  ABC (8Feb52-30May52) /  DuMont (5Dec52-16Jan53) Dramatic Anthology series (30min)

Gruen Guild Playhouse (ABC/DuMont)(1951-52) various hosts

Dark of Night (DuMont Network) (1952-53) Mystery Anthology series 

Rebound (ABC/DuMont) (1952-53) / Counterpoint (1955-56) (syndicated title)

Joseph Schildkraut Presents (DuMont)(1953-54) Filmed Anthology (30 min)

Pulse Of The City (DuMont)(15Sep53-9Mar54) Dramatic Anthology series (15min)

Love Story (DuMont)(1954) Dramatic Anthology

Ethel Barrymore Theatre (DuMont)(1956) Dramatic Anthology Series

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DuMont Network - Situation Comedy series:

Mary Kay And Johnny (DuMont/NBC/CBS(1947-50) (Situation Comedy series) starring Mary Kay & Johnny Stearns

The Growing Paynes (DuMont) (20-Oct-1948 to 3-Aug-1949)
(Situation Comedy series) starring Elaine Stritch, Ed Holmes, and David Anderson (as their Son)

 It's A Business (DuMont Network) (1952) (Situation Comedy series) starring Bob Haymes, Leo DeLyon

 Marge And Jeff (DuMont)(1953-54) (Situation Comedy series) starring Mary Greene & Jess Cain

DuMont Network - Music Variety series:

Cavalcade Of Stars (DuMont Network) (1949-52)
DuMont (4Jun49-26Sep52)
Hour-long Variety series
Host: Jack Carter (1949-50)
Host: Jackie Gleason (1950-52)
Host: Larry Storch (Summer 1952)

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DuMont Network series (Chronological Order):

PUBLIC PROSECUTOR
Syndicated (1947)/ DuMont (6Sep51-28Feb52)
Starring John Howard

SMALL FRY CLUB
DuMont (11Mar47-15Jun51)
Children Series (Weekdays)
Hosted by "Big Brother" Bob Emery

MARY KAY AND JOHNNY
DuMont (18Nov47-24Aug48)(15min)(live from Philadelphia)
NBC (10Oct48-13Feb49)(30 min)(live from New York
CBS (23Feb49-1Jun49)
NBC (13Jun49-11Mar50)
Situation Comedy series
Starring:
Mary Kay
John Stearns

RUSS HODGES' SCOREBOARD
DuMont (14Apr48-22Apr49)
Nightly Sports Report (15min)
Hosted by Russ Hodges

OPERATION SUCCESS
DuMont (21Sep48-19Oct48)(27Jan49-16Jun49)
Public Service series for Veterans
(see follow-up "Operation

KEY TO THE MISSING
DuMont (4-Jul-1948 to 23-Sep-1949)
Hosted by Archdale Jones "the finder of lost persons"

THE GROWING PAYNES
DuMont (20-Oct-1948 to 3-Aug-1949)
Sitcom starring Elaine Stritch, Ed Holmes, and David Anderson (as their Son)

OKAY MOTHER
DuMont (1-Nov-1948 to 6-Jul-1951)
One of TV's first daytime shows. An Audience Participation and Variety Show
Hosted by Dennis James

TV SHOPPER
DuMont (1Nov48-1Dec50)
Daytime series of Shopping advice for housewives
Hosted by Kathi Norris

HOTEL BROADWAY
DuMont (20Jan49-17Mar49)
Half hour variety series hosted by Jeri Blanchard
Produced and Dircted by Harve Marlowe

MANHATTAN SPOTLIGHT
DuMont (17Jan49-20Apr51)(15 min)(Mon-Fri)
Interview show hosted by Charles Tranum

THE SCHOOL HOUSE
DuMont (18-Jan-1949 to 12-April-1949)

THE ADMIRAL BROADWAY REVUE
DuMont + NBC (both networks at same time) (28Jan49-3Jan49)
Sponsor: Admiral (TV Sets)
Friday-night Variety series (60 min)
Produced by Max Liebman
Featuring:
Sid Caesar

AND EVERYTHING NICE
DuMont (8-Mar-1949 to 9-Jan-1950)
Weekly Talk Show for Women. Hosted by Maxine Barratt.

FLIGHT TO RHYTHM (original title "The Delora Bueno Show"- 15min)
DuMont (10Mar49-22Sep49)
Musical serial (30 min)
Hosted by Delora Bueno

FRONT ROW CENTER
DuMont (25-Mar-1949 to 2-April-1950)
(sequel see - Starlit Time)

DOORWAY TO FAME
DuMont (7-Mar-1949 to 4-Jul-1949)
Half-hour Dramatic Anthology series

CAVALCADE OF STARS
DuMont (4Jun49-26Sep52)
Hour-long Variety series
Host: Jack Carter (1949-50)
Host: Jackie Gleason (1950-52)
Host: Larry Storch (Summer 1952)

THEY'RE OFF
DuMont (7Jul49-18Aug49)
Prime-time Game show modeled after a horse race.

TALENT JACKPOT
DuMont (19Jul49-23Aug49)(lasted 5 weeks)
Prime-time Talent Show
Hosted by Vinton Freedley & Bud Collyer

BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD (aka "Headline Clues")
DuMont (20-Jul-1949 to 15-Jul-1954)
Showbiz News, Gossip & Celebrity Interviews
Hosted by George F. Putnam

THE AL MORGAN SHOW
DuMont (5-Sep-1949 to 30-Aug-1951)
Half-hour Music Variety series with pianist Al Morgan and the Billy Chandler Trio
Broadcast from Chicago. Directed by Don Cook.

THE O'NEILLS
DuMont (6Sep49-10Jan50)
Weekly Serial

THEY STAND ACCUSED (originally titled "Cross Question")
DuMont (11Sep49-5Oct52)(9Sep54-30Sep54)
"Live Courtroom Dramas (60min)

CHICAGOLAND MYSTERY PLAYERS
DuMont (18Sep49-30Jul50) 
Produced by J.E. Faraghan
Cast:
Gordon Urquhart as Jeffrey Hall
Bob Smith as Sgt Holland
Crime Drama. The story of Jeffrey Hall, a criminologist with the Chicago Police Department, as
he attempts to solve baffling crimes.

FAMOUS JURY TRIALS
TransAmerican Production /  Dumont  (Wednesdays 9:30-10pm) (12 Oct49 - 12Mar52)
30 min live courtroom drama

BOWLING HEADLINERS
DuMont (13-Nov-1949 to 9-Apr-1950)
Produced by & Hosted by Al Cirillo (on ABC the previous season)

EASY ACES
DuMont (14-Dec-1949 to 7-June-1950)
Comedy series (15min)
Starring:
Goodman Ace & Jane Sherwood Ace (husband and wife, as themselves)

CHEZ PAREE REVUE
DuMont (1950)

CAVALCADE OF BANDS
DuMont (Tuesdays) (17Jan50-25Sep51)
Music Variety series featuring the Big Bands
Host: Fred Robbins, Warren Hull, Ted Steele (singer), Buddy Rogers

STARLIT TIME
DuMont (9-Apr-1950 to 19-Nov-1950)
(sequel to Front Row Center)

THE HAZEL SCOTT SHOW
DuMont (3Jul50-29Sep50)
Music series (15min)(Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays)
Hosted by Hazel Scott (Pianist)

RHYTHM RODEO
DuMont (30-July-1950 to 31-Dec-1950)
Half-hour musical series hosted by Art Jarrett

STAR TIME
DuMont (5-Sep-1950 to 27-Feb-1951)

THE GIL LAMB SHOW (Pilot)
DuMont (20-Sep-1950)
Aired on "Premiere Theatre"

THE SUSAN RAYE SHOW
DuMont (2Oct50-20Nov50)

THE ARTHUR MURRAY PARTY
DuMont (15Oct50-11Mar51)(12Oct52-26Apr53)
(also on ABC/CBS/NBC)
Ballroom Dancing series (30/60min)
Hosted by Kathryn Murray (wife of Arthur Murray)

STORY THEATER
DuMont (24-Nov-1950 to 11-May-1951) / NBC (24Jun51-17Sep51)
Half Hour Filmed Dramatic Anthology series

THE ARMED FORCES HOUR
DuMont (4-Feb-1951 to 6-May-1951) (on NBC the previous season)

ONCE UPON A TUNE (60min)
DuMont (6-March-1951 to 15-May-1951)
Featured Original Musicals
Produced by Bob Loewi
Written by Sid Frank

LADIES BEFORE GENTLEMEN
DuMont (28-Feb-1951 to 2-May-1951)
Produced by Hnery Misrock
Prime-time Panel show
Hosted by Ken Roberts

ONCE UPON A TUNE
DuMont (6Mar51 to 15May51)
Hour-long series presenting original Musicals.
Produced by Bob Loewi
Written by Sid Frank

MUSIC FROM CHICAGO
DuMont (15Apr51-17Jun51)(Sundays)

SHADOW OF THE CLOAK
DuMont (6Jun51-20Mar52)
Produced by Roger Gerry
Spy Drama series
starring:
Helmut Dantine as Peter House,

FRONT PAGE DETECTIVE
DuMont (16-March-1951 to 19-Sept-1952)

ROYAL PLAYHOUSE
DuMont (Thursday nights)(12Apr51-12Jul51)(3Apr52-26Jun52)
Dramatic Anthology series (30 min)

INTERNATIONAL PLAYHOUSE
DuMont (30May51-14Nov51)
Dramatic Anthology series of Short Foreign films

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY FORUM
DuMont (3Jul51-11Oct53)
Public affairs program produced at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

THE GALLERY OF MADAME LIU-TSONG
DuMont (27Aug51-21Nov51)
Adventure series (30min)
Starring:
Anna May Wong as Madame Liu-Tsong, owner of an art gallery

KIDS AND COMPANY

DuMont (1-Sep-1951 to 1 Jun-1952)
Saturday Morning Kids show hosted by Jonny Olseen & Ham Fisher

BIGELOW-SANFORD THEATER
DuMont (Thursdays) (6Sep51-27Dec51)
Dramatic Anthology series (30min)
(not to be confused with "Bigelow Theater" (CBS Sundays)(10Dec50-3Jun51)

KEEP POSTED (season 1& 2 sponsored by "The Saturday Evening Post")
(seaon 3, 4 - retitled "The Big Issue)
DuMOnt (9-Oct-1951 to 18-Jan-54)
Half-hour Public Affairs program
Developed by Lawrence Spivak
Moderated by Martha Rountree

TALENT SHOP
DuMont (13Oct51-29Mar52)
Talent Show for young people, set in a New York City drugstore. (30 min)
Hosted by Fred Robbins & Pat Adair

THIS IS MUSIC
DuMont (29Nov51-9Oct52) (later on ABC - 1958-59)
Musical series from Chicago
Staring: Alexander Gray, Colin Male

BATTLE OF THE AGES
DuMont (1-Jan-1952 to 17-Jun-1952) (moved to CBS 6-Sept-1952 to 29-Nov-1952)
Prime time Game Show. Hosted by John Reed King

IT'S A BUSINESS
DuMont (19Mar52-21May52)
Situation Comedy series (30min)
starring Bob Haymes, Leo DeLyon

OPERATION INFORMATION
DuMont (17Jul52-18Sep52)
Public Service series to inform veterans of their rights
(follow-up to "Operation Success" (1948-49

THE AUTHOR MEETS THE CRITICS
DuMont (10-Jan-1952 to 10-Oct-1954)

GRUEN GUILD PLAYHOUSE
DuMont (17-Jan-1952 to 7-Aug-1952) (on ABC the previous season)

GUIDE RIGHT
DuMont (25-Feb-1952 to 5-Feb-1954)
Vairiety program produced in association with U.S. Army & Air Force recruiting offices.
Each show hosted by a different celebrity.
Music by The Eastern Air Defense Command Band.
Directed by Barry Shear.

THE WEEK IN RELIGION
DuMont Network (16Mar52-28Sep52)(28Jun53-3Oct53)
Sunday Evening Religious Panel Show

STAGE A NUMBER
DuMont (10-Sept-1952 to 20-May-1953)

NEW YORK TIMES YOUTH FORUM
DuMont (14Sep52-14June53)
Sunday evening Public Affairs program with young people.
Produced by Al Hollander
Hosted by Dorothy Gordon

FAMOUS FIGHTS FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDENS
DuMont (15Sep52-22Dec52)
Filmed highlights of Famous boxing matches (15min)

DARK OF NIGHT
DuMont (Fridays) (3Oct52-1May53)(30 min)
Mystery Anthology series
Broadcast live from New York
Produced and Directed by Frank Bunetta

FOOTBALL SIDELINES
DuMont (6-Oct-1952 to 22-Dec-1952)

REPORT CARD FOR PARENTS
DuMont (1Dec52-2Feb53)
Prime-time discussion show on Child behaviour (30min)

REBOUND 
 ABC (8Feb52-30May52) /  DuMont (5Dec52-16Jan53)
Dramatic Anthology series (30min)

THE BIG IDEA
DuMont (15-Dec-1952 to 22-Oct-1953)
Half-hour Documentary series on Recent Inventions
Hosted by Donn Bennett

THE DREW PEARSON SHOW
DuMont (24Dec52-18Mar53) (previously on ABC 4May52-9Nov52)
Washington Political Commentary
Hosted by Drew Pearson (Washington Poltical columnist)

THE DOTTY MACK SHOW (original title GIRL ALONE)
DuMont (16-Feb-1953 to 25Aug-1953)
Variety series broadcast from Cincinatti

THE ROY DOTY SHOW
DuMOnt (10May53-4Oct53)
Sunday Morning Children's show
Hosted by Roy Doty
Drew Sketches and told stories

THE MUSIC SHOW
DuMont (19May53-17Oct54)
Broadcast from Chicago (30 min)

IT'S A SMALL WORLD
DuMont (27Jun53-27Jun53)
Travelogue (30min)

BLIND DATE
DuMont (9-Jun-1953 to 15-Sept-1953)
Hosted by Jan Murray

THE OLD AMERICAN BARN DANCE
DuMont (5-Jul-1953 to 13-Sept-1953)
Bill Bailey hosted this half-hour Country and Western Music Show.
Among the regulars were Pee Wee King and Tennesse Erne Ford.

ON YOUR WAY
DuMont (9Sep53-20Jan54) Nightime Game Show
ABC (23Jan54-17Apr54) Talent Show

PULSE OF THE CITY
DuMont (15Sep53-9Mar54)
Dramatic Anthology series (15min)

MARGE AND JEFF
DuMont (21Sep53-24Sep54)
Situation Comedy Series (15min)
Starring Marge Greene and Jess Cain

MELODY STREET
DuMont (23Sep53-5Feb54)
Music Variety Series (30min)
Hosted by Elliott Lawrence

THE IGOR CASSINI SHOW
DuMOnt (25Oct53-28Feb54)
Sunday-night Celebrity Interview series
Hosted by Igor Cassini
Wrote under the name of Cholly Knickerbocker

JOSEPH SCHILDKRAUT PRESENTS
DuMont (28-Oct-1953 to 21-Jan-1954)

NIGHT EDITOR
DuMont (14Mar54-8Sep54)(15 min)
Newspaper Reporter Drama Anthology series
Produced by Ward Byron, Directed by Dick Sandwick
Written, Narrated, Starring: Hal Burdick as the Night Editor

BETTER LIVING TELEVISION THEATER
DuMont (21-Apr-1954 to 29-Aug-1954)
Half-hourDocumentary Series designed to promote American Industry
Hosted by Fischer Black

THE STRANGER
DuMont  (25June1954-11Jan55)
Produced and Directed by Frank Telford
US Drama series Starring Bob Carroll as The Stranger
The Stranger, a mysterious individual appears every week to help someone in distress.
Similar format to CBS' "The Millionaire"

GAMBLE ON LOVE (retitled "Time Will Tell" Aug 1954)
DuMont (16Jul54-20Aug54)
Prime-time Quiz Show
Hosted by Denise Darcel (Ernie Kovaks from Aug 1954)

TIME WILL TELL (sequel to "Gamble on Love")
DuMont (27Aug54-15Oct54)
Prime-time Game Shoe
Hosted by Ernie Kovaks

STUDIO 57
DuMont (21Sep54-26Jul55) (syndicated 1955-56 season)
Revue Studios Filmed Dramatic Anthology series

THE ILONA MASSEY SHOW
DuMont (1Nov54-3Jan55)
Variety Show (30min)
Hosted by Ilona Massey (Hungarian-born actress)

KEY TO THE AGES
DuMont (27-Feb-1955 to 22-May-1955)
Half-hour Cultural show
Hosted by Dr. Theodore Low
Broadcast from Baltmimore

IT'S ALEC TEMPLETON TIME
DuMont (3Jun55-26Aug55)
Music series (30min)
Hosted by Alec Templeton (Blind British pianist)

Ethel Barrymore Theatre (DuMont)(1956) Dramatic Anthology Series

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