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?
Although the setting is supposed to be Columbia University, portions of the movie were filmed at Fordham University in the Bronx. See more
During the lunch scene, Goodwin describes the Reuben Sandwich as the only entirely invented sandwich entered in a sandwich contest by Reuben Kay. Some claim that a wholesale grocer named Reuben Kulakofsky created the sandwich at Omaha's Blackstone Hotel in 1925. However, Fern Snider, a waitress at the Blackstone, entered the recipe in a national sandwich competition in 1956, and won. See more
[At a poker game
I know you're lying.
Charles Van Doren
Bluffing. The word is bluffing.
Herbert Stempel went to work for the New York City Transit Department. He still lives in Queens. See more
Written by Kurt Weill
and Bertolt Brecht
Performed by Lyle Lovett
Lyle Lovett appears courtesy of Curb Music Company and MCA Records See more