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They Stand Accused

They Stand Accused
Also known as Cross Question
Genre dramatized court show
Starring Charles Johnston
Narrated by Harry Creighton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 48 minutes
Original channel DuMont
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 11, 1949 (1949-09-11) – December 30, 1954 (1954-12-30)

They Stand Accused (also known as Cross Question) is an American dramatized court show[1] broadcast on the now-defunct DuMont Television Network from September 11, 1949 to October 5, 1952 and again from September 9 to December 30, 1954.[2]


The series was recorded in a courtroom presided over by attorney Charles Johnston and broadcast live from Chicago's WGN-TV, with jurors chosen from the studio audience.[3] On most DuMont affiliates, They Stand Accused aired Sundays at 9pm ET during the 1949-1950 television season, then Sundays at 10pm ET, and then Thursdays at 8pm ET during 1954.

One of the network's more enduring shows, They Stand Accused was cancelled at the end of 1954.

Episode status

At least two episodes exist: the December 23, 1950 episode is held in the J. Fred MacDonald collection at the Library of Congress, while an episode from late 1954 ("The Johnny Roberts Story") can be viewed online at the Internet Archive.

See also



External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • DuMont historical website
  • Late-1954 episode "The Johnny Roberts Story" at the Internet Archive
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