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 <email@example.com>
Fifty million people watched, but no one saw a thing.
Did You Know?
References to a "new 1958 model car" place the film in 1957 or 1958. The radio plays Bobby Darin
's "Mack the Knife," which was released in 1959. See more
I love my wife, but it's like living with a plague of locusts.
Herbert Stempel went to work for the New York City Transit Department. He still lives in Queens. 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