presents Professional Boxing
at ST.Nicholas Arena
60 minute show
The DuMont version was hosted by Chris Schenkel; Schenkel took over for Dennis James, who had hosted most of DuMont's boxing telecasts prior to 1954.This regularly scheduled program, which aired boxing matches from St. Nicholas Arena in New York City on Monday nights, is notable for being the final program to air on DuMont.
The last network-aired program was broadcast on August 6, 1956, though a few remaining programs were seen locally on New York's WABD afterward. With limited finances, DuMont aired many sports programs throughout its history. Boxing, wrestling, basketball, and football were always network mainstays, even during prime time, as they were cheaper than most scripted programs (this in an era before sports rights fees accelerated to their modern levels) and filled large programming blocks that would otherwise have gone unfilled.
Most of DuMont's regular series were cancelled on April 1, 1955, and the last non-sports program, the panel show What's the Story, left the airwaves on September 23, 1955, leaving only a few cheaply produced sports programs on the schedule. However, by August 1956, even DuMont's sports programs, including Boxing From St. Nicholas Arena, were axed.
16mm Boxing Shorts
by Official Films
Official Films was a home movie distributor founded by Leslie Winik in 1939 to produce educational shorts.
In addition to cartoons, Official also offered a number of sports films, newsreels, and specialties.
Click: MONARCHS OF THE RING 1st Edition (sound) featuring heavyweight champions of the 1920s and 30s
MONARCHS OF THE RING 2nd Edition
BUDDY BAER vs JACK DOYLE
(silent version with title cards)
MONARCHS OF THE RING 3rd Edition Primo Carnera Vs Ernie Schaff Boxing