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
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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
King Faisal was the king of Saudi Arabia not Iraq. See more
You're to receive the questions in advance, and I'm to thank you for the courtesy of attending this hearing.
Mercy. What a grueling line of inquiry.
Must have a familiar ring - the questions in advance.
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
DANCING IN THE DARK
Written by Arthur Schwartz
and Howard Dietz See more