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?
Ethan Hawke has a brief blink and miss appearance in the movie as one of the students of Mark Van Doren. See more
When Goodwin is talking to the Geritol rep, you can see oversize volumes of the "Dictionary Catalog of the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library, 1911-1971", which was published in 1979. See more
Charles Van Doren
I've stood on the shoulders of life and I've never gotten down into the dirt to build, to erect a foundation of my own. I've flown too high on borrowed wings. Everything came too easy.
NBC and Geritol were never implicated in the quiz show scandals. See more
DANCING IN THE DARK
Written by Arthur Schwartz
and Howard Dietz See more