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
At the beginning, Goodwin overhears news about Sputnik's launch. Van Doren appeared on "21" from November 1956 to March 1957. The Soviets launched Sputnik in October 1957. See more
[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 ...
No.1 Mom.......Katherine Turturro 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