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The DuMont Television Network was launched in 1946 and ceased broadcasting in 1956. Allen DuMont, who created the network, preserved most of what it produced in kinescope format; however, many of these were destroyed around 1958 in order to recover the silver content.[1]

By the 1970s, however, the DuMont archive was considered worthless – so much so that all remaining kinescopes and videotapes were loaded into three trucks and dumped into Upper New York Bay.[2][3] Since then, there has been extensive research on which DuMont programs have episodes extant.

Due to the possibilities that various unknown collectors may be in possession of programs and/or episodes not listed here, and that the sources below may actually hold more than what is listed (for example, through a mislabeled film can), this list is very likely incomplete.

For a list of program series aired on DuMont, see List of programs broadcast by the DuMont Television Network.

Held by the UCLA Film and Television ArchiveEdit

Held by the Paley Center for MediaEdit

In addition to the below, there is one listing each for Famous Jury Trials[9] and Small Fry Club,[10] neither of which have any information other than the catalog number.

Held by the Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsEdit

Held by the Internet ArchiveEdit

Held by the Library of CongressEdit

More specifically, the J. Fred & Leslie W. MacDonald Collection, formerly the MacDonald & Associates film archive in Chicago. In addition to the below, the collection also holds eighteen 30- and 60-second commercials produced in 1951 for DuMont TV receivers.

Held by TV4UEdit

TV4U, a service of Margate Entertainment, ceased public operations some time in 2012.

Held by othersEdit

  • Concert Tonight – One episode (November 18, 1953) held by the Peabody collection[14]
  • The Johns Hopkins Science Review – Entire series (186 episodes) held by Johns Hopkins University, most of which are DuMont episodes
  • Keep Posted – One episode from 1952 ("Should Truman be Renominated?") held by the Peabody collection[15]
  • Life Is Worth Living – Unknown number held by The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation, possibly complete run
  • Meet The Boss – One episode held by the Peabody collection[16]
  • Off the Record – One episode (October 18, 1951) from WTTG with Art Lamb and Aletha Agee at YouTube[17]
  • Studio 57 – Entire series (including DuMont-aired episodes) is very likely held by Universal Television. Unlike most DuMont series, it was produced directly on film by an outside production company (Revue Productions), whose successor renewed the copyrights to the episodes, including those aired on DuMont, which may confirm their existence (check US copyright office website for registrations).
  • This Is the Life – One episode (September 9, 1952 premiere) at YouTube
  • Tom Corbett, Space Cadet – Unknown number held by Wade Williams Productions
  • The Wendy Barrie Show – One episode at YouTube featuring Jack Shaindlin as guest
  • Other shows at YouTube/Google Video.
  • Archivist Ira Gallen has an unknown number of DuMont network broadcasts.
  • WWE has footage of DuMont wrestling matches held in the New York/Washington D.C. area (including footage from Madison Square Garden III among other wrestling footage from this period, most notably featuring Gorgeous George).
  • More DuMont-era wrestling footage has turned up with a collector in Japan.


  1. REMINISCING: Day in Court, Winchell-Mahoney Time - DuMont Shows: Not to Be Seen Again, ROGER M. GRACE, Metropolitan News-Enterprise, May 29, 2003
  2. Adams, Edie (March 1996). "Television/Video Preservation Study: Los Angeles Public Hearing". National Film Preservation Board. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2007-09-24.
  3. DuMont historical website, Channel 5
  4. UCLA Archive: The Bigelow Theatre (October 4, 1951 listing)
  5. UCLA Archive: The Bigelow Theatre (December 27, 1951 listing)
  6. UCLA Archive: The Goldbergs DVD
  7. UCLA Archive: Pantomime Quiz
  8. UCLA Archive: The Stranger
  13. Flash Gordon: The Movie, Internet Archive. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  17. Billboard (November 24, 1951 issue, page 14) via Google Books

External linksEdit

Unless otherwise noted, all links are to the Internet Archive.

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