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?
Charles Van Doren
did talk to the grand jury and through his lawyer, saying he was innocent, and even claimed that, "it is silly and distressing to think that people don't have more faith in quiz shows." He offered to appear before the Congressional (House) Committee (on Interstate and Foreign Commerce), so they subpoenaed him to do so; in November of 1959 he confessed. He told reporters at the following press conference that he had been, "living in dread for almost 3 years." 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
And they love me for the same reason they used to hate me, because I'm the guy who knows everything.
Charles Van Doren went to work for the Encyclopedia Britannica. Today he writes books and lives in the family home in Cornwall, Connecticut. He never taught again. See more
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DANCING IN THE DARK
Written by Arthur Schwartz
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