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Subject: "Mary Kay and Johnny" ran from 1947-1950. Many episodes were dumped in the East River!

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Date Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 06:50:28pm
In reply to: NY Times 's message, "Mary Kay Stearns, a Star of One of TVís Earliest Shows, Dies at 93" on Tuesday, January 08, 06:47:18pm


Before 1948, Mary Kay and Johnny was broadcast live and not recorded. In early 1948, still broadcast live, the show was also recorded on kinescopes so that it could be shown, with some delay, on the West Coast. The entire series from then until 1950 was recorded in this way. Many episodes survived in full as late as 1975,[citation needed] when DuMont's corporate successor, Metromedia, disposed of what was left of the DuMont archive in the East River.[note 1][8]

The fate of the NBC episodes is unknown. Fragments of the show's last few episodes survive, most on 16-mm film; these are not commercially available, though TV Land used a clip in an episode of Inside TV Land called "Taboo TV".[9]

The Paley Center for Media has one 1949 episode in its collection.[10]

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