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?
's son was actually only an infant at the time of the quiz show scandal. Herb Stempel
had been trying to tell people that the show was fixed long before he lost his run; it was only after the CBS game show Dotto
(1958) was exposed as rigged in May, 1958, did people start to listen to him, not publishing the accusations until August, 1958. See more
The address written on Goodwin's legal pad does not match the street address when they visit. See more
It's not like we're hardened criminals here. We're in show business.
Albert Freedman works for Penthouse Magazine. See more
References Twelve O'Clock High
Written by Kurt Weill
and Bertolt Brecht
Performed by Lyle Lovett
Lyle Lovett appears courtesy of Curb Music Company and MCA Records See more