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?
Charles Van Doren
's resignation was accepted at Columbia, and he went on to become editor of the Encyclopaedia Britannica for two decades (and wrote "How to Read a Book" and others, though didn't publish under his real name for many years after the scandal). See more
References to a "new 1958 model car" place the film in 1957 or 1958. The radio plays Bobby Darin
's "Mack the Knife," which was released in 1959. See more
Mark Van Doren
Your name is mine!
Richard Goodwin became a speechwriter for the 1960 Kennedy campaign and then a member of the White House staff. After the assassination of Robert Kennedy, he retired from politics to become a writer. See more
"MACK THE KNIFE"
Written by Kurt Weill
, Bertolt Brecht
and Marc Blitzstein
Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Atco Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more