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?
The real Herb Stempel
makes an unbilled appearance as one of the former contestants interviewed by Richard Goodwin. See more
The call letters on the TV cameras are WNBT. New York's NBC affiliate changed its call letters from WNBT to WRCA in 1954, 3 years before the Van Doren streak. See more
I know what you're gonna accomplish, I just don't know what he's gonna accomplish.
You want to know what? If I do nothing else I will convince them that Hebert Stemple knows what won the God-damned Academy Award for best God-damned picture of 1955; that's what I'm gonna accomplish.
NBC and Geritol were never implicated in the quiz show scandals. See more
References The Joker's Wild
DANCING IN THE DARK
Written by Arthur Schwartz
and Howard Dietz See more