DuMont Television Network

DuMont Television Network This page salutes the memory of the DuMont Television Network, a scrappy, important, innovative and almost-forgotten TV network that launched in 1946 and ceased operations 10 years later. Its impact on American pop culture is still being felt today.

The "Classic 39" Honeymooners episodes we've been watching since October 1955 - filmed at the Adelphi Theater at 152 Wes...
01/16/2017

The "Classic 39" Honeymooners episodes we've been watching since October 1955 - filmed at the Adelphi Theater at 152 West 54th Street in Manhattan - were shot using DuMont's "Electronicam" system. So it was shot as a TV show on TV cameras, but those TV cameras had *film* cameras attached to them. So the show could be shot live-TV-sitcom style, but still be a filmed series, editable on film, and played back *as* a film. That's why those episodes have stored so well and look so crisp, compared to other TV kinescopes from the same era... (Photo courtesy of the essential Eyes of a Generation website!)

Gertrude Berg's classic soap/serial about a Jewish family's travails in the Bronx has a long and fascinating history...a...
01/10/2017
The Goldbergs - August 31, 1954

Gertrude Berg's classic soap/serial about a Jewish family's travails in the Bronx has a long and fascinating history...and was a part of Dumont's history as well, from April to October 1954. The shows aired live and were a ratings success, but the struggling Dumont network was unable to fulfill the show's 5 million dollar contract. The hardy program went into syndication the following year, but didn't last long, finally going off the air in 1956.

The Goldbergs is a comedy-drama broadcast from 1929 to 1946 on American radio, and from 1949 to 1956 on American television. It was adapted into a 1948 play,...

01/06/2017
Oddity Archive: Episode 70 - The DuMont Network

An oddball but fairly thorough collection of Dumont network history tidbits and clips.

Now maybe all those DuMont jokes I make on the 50's-centric Archive episodes will finally make sense. Maybe. More useless trivia: WABD (the original DuMont s...

01/06/2017
SONNY FOX Wonderama Behind The Scenes

Although Dumont was long gone by the time Wonderama was on the air, here's a priceless look at a Dumont-built control room.

Sonny takes his young viewers into the control room of his Sunday morning WNEW-TV program to see how a television show is made. Check out the 1950s DuMont br...

From the essential EYES OF A GENERATION page: amazing Gleason and Carney history!
07/11/2014

From the essential EYES OF A GENERATION page: amazing Gleason and Carney history!

What A Team! Their First Teaming And How The Met!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdwGcC9jMIw
This may be the first candid photo of Jackie Gleason and Art Carney ever taken. Gleason looks very young here and this was probably taken during his tenure as host of the Dumont 'Cavalcade Of Stars'.

At the link above is a clip that shows Jackie and Art in their first regular teaming. On the Dumont show, Gleason's regular characters included Charlie Bratten, a lunchroom loudmouth who always spoiled the meal of the mild mannered Clem Finch, played by Carney. Gleason and Carney developed a good working chemistry, and Gleason recruited Carney to appear in other sketches, including of course, The Honeymooners.

In a way, Morey Amsterdam was responsible for this pair meeting. When Morey was the host of 'Cavalcade Of Stars' before Jackie's arrival, he brought in Carney for a few sketches and the director, Joseph Cates (brother of Gil Cates), liked him. When Gleason took over the hosting job and wanted a new straight man for some of his sketches, Cates introduced him to Art Carney.

On both the radio and television versions of 'The Morey Amsterdam Show' (1948-50), Carney played a character known as Charlie The Doorman. Carney had seen Gleason in his first television work as the star of 'The Life Of Riley', That show only lasted part of one season but it was not canceled because of low ratings or Gleason's desire to leave...it was a dispute between the producer and the sponsor. Now you know how one of comedy's best teams came together. Enjoy and share!

07/10/2014
40's TV: DuMont Television Set commercial from 1949

Now HERE's a find. This is a live ad, featuring a young Wally Cox (!), in a short-lived 1949 Dumont series named "The School House". Wally stumbles a bit as he pitches a new Dumont 20-inch model. Possibly the earliest TV set ad!

A Classic TV commercial for a Television set produced by DuMont Laboratories, founded by Allen B Du Mont. His company also started the DuMont Television Netw...

From Bobby Ellerbee's EYES OF A GENERATION website: "Above is a 1946 shot from the control room of the Dumont broadcast ...
07/01/2014

From Bobby Ellerbee's EYES OF A GENERATION website: "Above is a 1946 shot from the control room of the Dumont broadcast studios at Wanamaker's Department store in NYC. There are three live iconoscope cameras on the set and they are seen below. Interesting that all the lighting is from flood lights with no big scoops or spots but these cameras did require a lot of light."

There is so much FANTASTIC, behind-the-scenes information on this webpage - from the must-see EYES OF A GENERATION websi...
07/01/2014
Television cameras were the Eyes Of A Generation; this is Television history the way they saw it

There is so much FANTASTIC, behind-the-scenes information on this webpage - from the must-see EYES OF A GENERATION website - that this link deserves to be posted once a week. Yes, it's principally about cameras (including the innovative system used to film THE HONEYMOONERS episodes) but Dumont fans have much to find and enjoy here, even if you're not a TV camera geek!

Television's living history.

The sign of quality TV!
06/30/2014

The sign of quality TV!

02/11/2014
1950's Television: "The Honeymooners" on DuMont Television Network

Did you know "The Honeymooners" debuted as a repeating sketch on Dumont's CAVALCADE OF STARS? Here's a sketch from 1951, featuring Pert Kelton as Alice.

1950's Television: A early "Honeymooners" sketch with Jackie Gleason, Art Carney and Pert Kelton. This sketch aired on the DuMont Television Network, before ...

01/03/2014
"Rocky King; Detective" ~ "One Minute For Murder" (1950's TV crime show)

One of Dumont's most legendary regular series, produced live from New York Sundays at 9 pm. We'll be posting several of these - there's a good assortment of them on Youtube. (Yay Youtube!)

A TV crime series ran on the Dumont Network from 1950 to 1954. One of the first TV crime shows, it starred veteran actor Roscoe Karns as Detective King and G...

01/01/2014
1940's TV: Rare Ident/Logo for WABD-DuMont (Now WNYW)

A couple of WABD IDs. ("New York's window on the world!")

1940's Television: A rare ident/logo for New York City television station WABD, now known as WNYW. This logo is from a daytime variety show aired on the stat...

01/01/2014

Happy New Year! My new year's resolution: to grow this page (not ignore it, as I shamefully have so far) and to help keep the memory of the great Dumont network alive! Stay tuned - Alec

Here's the only surviving episode of OKAY, MOTHER - the somewhat unsettling Dumont show for housewives featuring Dennis ...
10/14/2013
"Okay, Mother" DuMont Network, Broadcast 7-18-50 WABD NY EARLY US TV BROADCAST

Here's the only surviving episode of OKAY, MOTHER - the somewhat unsettling Dumont show for housewives featuring Dennis James, who was already an old pro at TV hosting by the time he was hosting this show.

This is the only known surviving kinescope of this game show. According to a mention in a contemporary New York Times article, this episode of "Okay, Mother"...

09/11/2013
DuMont Television Network series intros

Here's a fantastic collection of show opens from the DuMont years: fun, creative, and crafty with their low budgets.

Opening intros for several DuMont Television Network series of the 1950s. These clips were sourced from various places and as such the picture quality of som...

For the inaugural post on the DuMont Television Network page, we MUST honor the man himself: Allen B. DuMont, o...
09/11/2013

For the inaugural post on the DuMont Television Network page, we MUST honor the man himself: Allen B. DuMont, one of the most important figures in the birth and growth of American television.

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