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SUBJECTS — U.S./1945 - 1991 & New York;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Ambition; Father/Son;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness.
Age: 11+; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Drama; 1994; 137 minutes; Color.
In the late 1950s, television quiz shows were all the rage. The knowledge of some of the contestants appeared to be phenomenal. Charles Van Doren, one of the big money winners, seemed to be an absolute genius. Few people knew that the shows were rigged until . . . . Quiz Show is a fairly accurate portrayal of how the scandal developed, how it was uncovered, and the aftermath.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Quiz Show will help parents and teachers introduce the scandals, the congressional investigative process, and show how a large corporation, in this case the National Broadcasting Company, deceived the public and then escaped punishment. The film demonstrates that the "reality" of television (or any media) cannot be taken at face value.
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Quiz Show will introduce the quiz show scandals of the 1950s. It is an important part of American cultural heritage. The Learning Guide to the movie presents some of the history and what happened to the people involved, including Charles Van Doren and the producers of the program who induced him to cooperate in the cheating.
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Television broadcasting began in London in 1936. In the U.S., it began in 1941. Nationwide broadcasts gained popularity in the early 1950s. Until the advent of cable, television broadcasting was dominated by the three networks, NBC (National Broadcasting Company), CBS (Columbia Broadcasting Company) and ABC (American Broadcasting Company).
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