The Story Behind The Movie Quiz Show In the movie "Quiz Show" The television game show "Twenty-one" was rigged to keep ratings up at NBC. At the beginning of the movie question for the show were seen taken from a bank volt. This gave the viewer the impression that no one saw the question before Jack (the host) received them from the guards weekly. Herbert Stempel, a Jewish contestant, he won for eight weeks on the show had become a national celebrity, to the audience he seemed unstoppable. When the rating fell the producers of the game show decided to get a more attractive contestant. So, they set out to find a new contestant. Charles Van Doreen became their man to beat Herbert. Van Doreen was a handsome college
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First with Herb they offer him $25,000. When he accepts he believes he was the only one who had received them. Herb was finally apart of the in-group. He showed illusions of invulnerability, making statements like this one "they love me for the same reason they used to hate me, because I'm the guy who knows everything." Being known as an intelligent person made him so arrogant that he would do what ever the network say to stay in the spotlight. "I have waited for this my whole life" said Herb, belief in the groups moral standards was never questioned by Herb until he was no longer needed.
Herb Rationalized his action to his wife in saying, "That box is the biggest thing since Gutenberg invented the printing press, and I'm the biggest thing on it", this kept his self-perception under control and made him feel better about himself. Herb showed more of a cognitive dissonance position with his anger toward Charles then the fact that he was responsible for the game show to continue on and cheat everyone including him. Herbert had to prove to himself and to everyone else he was intelligent this statement says it best. "You want to know what? If I do nothing else I will convince them that Hebert Stemple knows what won the Academy Award for best picture of 1955; that's what I'm gonna accomplish." This was the question he was forced to lose the contest on. It was not until after Charles spoke to