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?
'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
was exposed as rigged in May, 1958, did people start to listen to him, not publishing the accusations until August, 1958. See more
In the film, the "Today" studio is set in it's present-day location (Studio 1A), where it has existed since 1994. During the time period Quiz Show takes place in, "Today" was located farther down the block in the same building, meaning there would be no windowed corner and no view of Rockefeller Plaza. See more
Mark Van Doren
Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question, I hope they are asking you the meaning of life.
Albert Freedman works for Penthouse Magazine. See more
Referenced in Ocean's Eleven
"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