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.
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When he first talks to James Snodgrass, Richard Goodwin mentions that he was on "Twenty-One," on January 13 (presumably 1958), before Van Doren. Van Doren was on the show from November 28, 1956-March 11, 1957; Snodgrass's games against Hank Bloomgarden came after that because the first known date for which Snodgrass wrote down everything he was supposed to do was for the May 20, 1957 broadcast. See more
During the "Today Show" interview, flags are visible as the camera pans to the shot of the crowd. The present-day South African flag is clearly visible. 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 The Joker's Wild
MACK THE KNIFE
Written by Kurt Weill
, Bertolt Brecht
and Marc Blitzstein
Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Atco Records
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