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 <email@example.com>
Fifty million people watched, but no one saw a thing.
Did You Know?
's son was actually only an infant at the time of the quiz show scandal. Herb Stempel
had been trying to tell people that the show was fixed long before he lost his run; it was only after the CBS game show Dotto
(1958) was exposed as rigged in May, 1958, did people start to listen to him, not publishing the accusations until August, 1958. See more
At the beginning, Goodwin overhears news about Sputnik's launch. Van Doren appeared on "21" from November 1956 to March 1957. The Soviets launched Sputnik in October 1957. See more
Charles Van Doren
I've been swarmed by stockbrokers lately; I feel like a girl with a bad reputation.
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References Twelve O'Clock High
DANCING IN THE DARK
Written by Arthur Schwartz
and Howard Dietz See more