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?
When Martin Scorsese
's character is on the phone conspiring to get Herb Stemple (who is from Queens) off the show, he ends the phone call saying, "Queens isn't New York!" Martin Scorsese was born in Corona, Queens. See more
Early in the movie, we see the inside of the Barry-Enright offices, and a shot of the company logo, an interlocking B&E. That logo wasn't introduced until Jack Barry and Dan Enright reunited in the 1970s. See more
If you were a kid, would you wanna be an annoying Jewish guy with a side wall haircut?
Charles Van Doren
Well I wanted to be Joe Dimaggio.
Oh yeah, me too. Especially after he signed for that hundred grand.
After years in exile, Dan Enright and Jack Barry returned to television with "The Joker's Wild". It made them millionaires. See more
Written by Kurt Weill
and Bertolt Brecht
Performed by Lyle Lovett
Lyle Lovett appears courtesy of Curb Music Company and MCA Records See more