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?
In January, 1957, Herb Stempel
and Charles Van Doren
actually had a series of three scripted ties and Charles Van Doren
finally won on the fourth game. While Charles Van Doren
did lose to Vivienne Nearing, he actually played against her three times to a tie before losing. He had beat her husband, Victor Nearing, earlier in the year. He signed a 3-year contract for $150,000 ($50,000 a year in the movie, pretty much got it right) in April, 1957, to guest on Steve Allen
's show, guest host the Today
(1952) show, and be a panelist on NBC's radio show, "Conversations." 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
Mark Van Doren
Charlie, from what I understand, it's just a bunch of frauds showing off an erudition they really didn't have. All you have to do is...
Charles Van Doren
The problem is, Dad, is that it seems I was one of those frauds.
After years in exile, Dan Enright and Jack Barry returned to television with "The Joker's Wild". It made them millionaires. See more
References Dough Re Mi
DANCING IN THE DARK
Written by Arthur Schwartz
and Howard Dietz See more