An idealistic young lawyer working for a Congressional subcommittee in the late 1950s discovers that TV quiz shows are being fixed. His investigation focuses on two contestants on the show "Twenty-One": Herbert Stempel, a brash working-class Jew from Queens, and Charles Van Doren, the patrician scion of one of America's leading literary families. Based on a true story. Written by
Tim Horrigan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fifty million people watched, but no one saw a thing.
Did You Know?
Producers Barry Levinson
and Mark Johnson
had their names taken off the credits even though they had been instrumental in getting the film made. They settled instead for a namecheck for their production company Baltimore Pictures. This was because they felt that listing eleven producer credits for just one film was far too many. See more
During the "Today Show" interview, flags are visible as the camera pans to the shot of the crowd. The present-day South African flag is clearly visible. See more
My mother wants to know why you only went for eight on the movies.
Because my real expertise is pain-in-the-ass in-laws, all right?
NBC and Geritol were never implicated in the quiz show scandals. See more
Referenced in New York at the Movies
DANCING IN THE DARK
Written by Arthur Schwartz
and Howard Dietz See more