Captain Video's TV Network

In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, DuMont was America’s fourth television network, competing with CBS, NBC and ABC. DuMont was second to enter the network TV business, establishing a link between its New York City and Washington, D.C. stations in 1945.

The DuMont network was the product of DuMont Laboratories, founded by Dr. Allen B. DuMont, “The Father of Television.” DuMont developed the first long-lasting cathode ray tube, the basis of electronic television, and was first to offer a home television receiver to the public in 1939 at the New York World’s Fair.

From 1949 to 1955, one of the most popular shows on DuMont (which in New York was Channel 5) was Captain Video and His Video Rangers (The Secret Files of Captain Video).

Set in the distant future, the series followed the adventures of a group of fighters for truth and justice, the Video Rangers, led by Captain Video. The Rangers operated from a secret base on a mountain top. Their uniforms resembled US Army surplus with thunderbolts sewn on.

7 thoughts on “Captain Video's TV Network

  1. Michael Dooley

    Michael: I watched CV&hVR as well. And I’m glad to hear one of us got something valuable out of that show. Since I wasn’t yet into identity marks, all I recall was its super-cheesy production values.
    ~ m

  2. Anna Harrison

    This is great, thanks. My father was a cameraman at Dumont and I once sat on Captain Video’s lap on the occasion of a visit to the studio to take part in a Howdy Doody Show.