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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[Dick Goodwin questions Dan Enright about evidence of Twenty One being fixed
Dan, I have it on the kinescope, it's clear as day. The man literally did a double-take.
He did a double-take? And who told you this? Is this Herb again? Or is this the Greenwich Village Beatnik?
That's interesting, why is he a beatnik? Because he's not Charlie Van Doren?
Yeah, you're damn right he's not Charlie Van Doren. You know, you got these crackpots coming out of the woodwork, you're snooping around ...
Herbert Stempel went to work for the New York City Transit Department. He still lives in Queens. See more
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Written by Kurt Weill
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