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?
Charles Van Doren mentions there being a split infinitive in a document he is to sign. A notorious example of this is on Star Trek
(1966) : "...to boldly go where no man has gone before". The correct grammar is "to go boldly" because there isn't supposed to be another word between "to" and whatever verb follows. See more
Minutes before 'Twenty-One (1956-1958)' begins, viewers are seen turning on their TV sets, and a caption for the show comes on (instead of the previous program or some commercials). This may or may not be authentic, but after the quiz begins some late viewers turn on their TV sets, and they also get the static caption. 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
DANCING IN THE DARK
Written by Arthur Schwartz
and Howard Dietz See more