Passaic: Birthplace of Television and the DuMont Story

Passaic: Birthplace of Television and the DuMont Story is a television play which aired on the DuMont Television Network on November 14, 1951.[1]

Passaic: Birthplace of Television and the DuMont Story
GenreTelevision play
StarringAllen B. DuMont
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Running time15 minutes
Original networkDuMont
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseNovember 14, 1951 (1951-11-14)

The short tele-play was broadcast live and was a drama about the rise of DuMont Laboratories and its founder Allen B. DuMont, who appears as himself at the end of the 15-minute broadcast. DuMont founded DuMont Laboratories in 1931, and the DuMont Television Network in 1946. Besides his work in television, DuMont is best known for his work in improving the cathode ray tube, and for his contributions to the development of radar.[2]

Preservation statusEdit

At least two archives have copies of the telecast, including the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[1]

See alsoEdit



  • David Weinstein, The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004) ISBN 1-59213-245-6
  • Alex McNeil, Total Television, Fourth edition (New York: Penguin Books, 1980) ISBN 0-14-024916-8
  • Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, Third edition (New York: Ballantine Books, 1964) ISBN 0-345-31864-1

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