Albert Freedman

Producer


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In his nearly four-hour Archive interview, Albert Freedman (1926-2017) talks about his early days as a writer and producer for radio, on such audience participation shows as Earn Your Vacation and A Dollar A Minute. He discusses his transition to TV, writing for The Pinky Lee Show and You Bet Your Life. He describes his early association with Jack Barry and Dan Enright when he produced the quiz shows Juvenile Jury and Life Begins at Eighty in the mid-1950s. Recalling his work as a producer on Tic Tac Dough and Twenty-One, Freedman also shares his memories of his testimonies before the grand jury hearings in New York and the later Harris subcommittee in Washington D.C., when Twenty-One became the center of controversy during the Quiz Show Scandals. He also elaborates on his dealings with Charles Van Doren, the star witness of the Washington hearings, whom he initially booked on Twenty-One.  Freedman speaks of his later work in television, after a long absence, on such series as KTLA's Paramount Television and Your Funny Funny Films, in the 1960s. Jeff Kisseloff conducted the interview in Marin County, CA on June 23, 2000.

"If the information had not come out, the American people would have gone on with their merry lives. They would have had entertainment, then it would have gone on to some other form of entertainment on television. What really took place, was that live television essentially stopped with my demise and the demise of my show. Television then went into the area of filmed product."

Highlights
Albert Freedman on the head of Geritol (Twenty One's sponsor) wanting Herbert Stempel off the program and how Freedman convinced Charles Van Doren to become a contestant
07:41
Albert Freedman on coaching contestants on Twenty One  
02:56
Albert Freedman on whether or not he gave Charles Van Doren answers for his first appearance Twenty One  
01:47
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren contacting him when the D.A.'s office announced an investigation into the quiz shows (including Twenty One)
01:22
Albert Freedman on Robert Redford's movie "Quiz Show" and whether or not the film was accurate
03:51
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on growing up during the Great Depression; on his early interest in writing and studying in Paris after college
12:24
On pursuing work television work in Los Angeles; on working in radio
08:41
On writing for and performing on The Pinky Lee Show
06:31

Chapter 2

On writing with Marvin Marx; on his big break - writing for Groucho Marx on You Bet Your Life; on his relationship with Groucho Marx's daughter; on working with George Fenneman and Groucho
13:39
On the Hollywood Blacklist
02:13
On working for the children's show Make Your Wish; on writing for Life Begins at Eighty and Juvenile Jury; on meeting Jack Barry and Dan Enright
11:09
On writing for The Big Surprise  
01:23

Chapter 3

On working with Dan Enright; on the working relationship between Dan Enright and Jack Barry
02:38
On leaving Enright and Barry's production company to write for Lou Cowan's quiz show, The Big Surprise; on contestants knowing the answers ahead of time of The Big Surprise and the reasons for "fixing" panel and quiz shows
08:10
On the format of the quiz show The Big Surprise; on his dealings with Twenty One contestant James Snodgrass
07:54
On leaving The Big Surprise to work for the Enright production Tic Tac Dough; on the format of the show and how winners were selected ahead of time based on pre-test results; on specific contestants on Tic Tac Dough
08:21

Chapter 4

On how he came to work for Twenty One; on the early episodes not being fixed; on his duties as a producer on the show - getting the best contestants and having the best questions
09:51
On his dealings with Herbert Stempel and coaching contestants on Twenty One; on certain contestants not getting answers on Twenty One  and some contestants (James Snodgrasss) ignoring what producers wanted
11:40
On the head of Geritol (Twenty One's sponsor) wanting Herbert Stempel off the program; on how he convinced Charles Van Doren to become a contestant
07:43

Chapter 5

On how he convinced Charles Van Doren to become a contestant on Twenty One (contd.); on whether or not he gave Charles Van Doren answers for his first appearance Twenty One; on Charles Van Doren's appeal on Twenty One  
05:28
On Charles Van Doren's tie wins with Herbert Stempel on Twenty One and Van Doren having the questions in advance
02:29
On how Charles Van Doren's appeal made Twenty One so entertaining and successful in the ratings; on how Van Doren boosted sales of television sets
02:46
On Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One and NBC and the advertisers taking over control of the program
02:48
On the decision to have Charles Van Doren lose on Twenty One
01:50
On the beginning of the Quiz Show scandals in 1958 - Ed Hilgemeier going to the press about the fixing of Dotto; on Herbert Stempel going to the press about the fixing of Twenty One
07:26
On Charles Van Doren contacting him when the D.A.'s office announced an investigation into the quiz shows; on the sequence of events that led to the press scrutinization of TV and the explosion of the Quiz Show Scandals
03:05
On how he got embroiled in the investigations surrounding the Quiz Show Scandals and refusing to implicate Charles Van Doren; on how he was counseled by lawyers
03:03

Chapter 6

On being poorly coached by lawyers for the Grand Jury testimony for the Quiz Show Scandals; on realizing he was being set up for an indictment; on his testimony
08:48
On being indicted for perjury after his grand Jury testimony during the Quiz Show Scandals; on recanting his testimony and perjuring himself again
11:23
On being blacklisted because of the Quiz Show Scandals; on going to Mexico and not being able to return to the U.S.; o>n Charles Van Doren being persuaded to testify before the House Committee after Van Doren had seen the notes from the original Grand Jury testimony; on Freedman returning from Mexico to testify>
08:27

Chapter 7

On returning to the U.S.; on whether or not he's spoken to Charles Van Doren since Freedman's indictment; on reaching out to Charles Van Doren's lawyer to explain the circumstances under which Freedman would be testifying before the House Committee
08:56
On testifying before the Grand Jury for a third time during the Quiz Show Scandals; on his indictment finally being dropped after four years
02:49
On working in the industry again in the U.S. and moving to England to work; on writing for "Penthouse" magazine and co-creating the magazine "Forum"
04:09
On Robert Redford's movie "Quiz Show" and whether or not the film was accurate; on who the "bad guys" were in the Quiz Show Scandals; on the impact of the Quiz Show Scandals on the medium of television - the end of the intelligent era of live TV
12:25

Chapter 8

On what the quiz shows were really about - making education respectable via entertainment
01:01
On whether today's quiz shows are affected by the Quiz Show scandals; on the resurrection of Twenty One
01:46
On his thoughts on people with whom he's worked or come into contact
06:24
Shows

$64,000 Question

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Albert Freedman on Randolph Churchill blanking on The $64,000 Question and the reasons for "fixing" panel and quiz shows
07:43

Big Surprise, The

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Albert Freedman on writing for the Lou Cowan production The Big Surprise
00:53
Albert Freedman on leaving Enright and Barry's production company to write for Lou Cowan's quiz show, The Big Surprise
01:26
Albert Freedman on the format of the quiz show, The Big Surprise and how winners were selected ahead of time
04:34

Dotto

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Albert Freedman on the beginning of the Quiz Show scandals in 1958 - Ed Hilgemeier going to the press about the fixing of Dotto
03:51

Jackie Gleason Show, The

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Albert Freedman on almost writing for The Jackie Gleason Show
00:23

Juvenile Jury

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Albert Freedman on the scripted nature of Juvenile Jury
01:56

Life Begins at Eighty

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Albert Freedman on working on Life Begins at Eighty
01:14
Albert Freedman on the scripted nature of Life Begins at Eighty
01:01

Pinky Lee Show, The

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Albert Freedman on writing for and performing on The Pinky Lee Show
01:29
Albert Freedman on the type of humor on The Pinky Lee Show; on working with Pinky Lee and the writers on the show
04:39

Tic Tac Dough

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Albert Freedman on leaving The Big Surprise to work for the Enright production Tic Tac Dough
00:30
Albert Freedman on the format of the quiz show, Tic Tac Dough and how winners were selected ahead of time based on pre-test results
04:24
Albert Freedman on specific contestants on Tic Tac Dough
01:18
Albert Freedman on realizing that the prize money on quiz shows like Tic Tac Dough could change people's lives, and how he used that fact to get contestants on Twenty One
02:22

Twenty One

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Albert Freedman on his dealings with Twenty One contestant James Snodgrass during the Quiz Show Scandals
03:02
Albert Freedman on the most difficult pre-test of all the quiz shows - on Twenty One - and how producers selected which answers to give contestants
00:51
Albert Freedman on how he came to work for Twenty One (to rescue the show from bad ratings)
03:13
Albert Freedman on the early contestants on Twenty One not being fed the answers and the show failing in the ratings
02:09
Albert Freedman on his duties as a producer on Twenty One - getting the best contestants and having the best questions
04:29
Albert Freedman on the pre-test to become a contestant and the ideal personalities for contestants on Twenty One  
03:10
Albert Freedman on his dealings with Herbert Stempel on Twenty One   
00:34
Albert Freedman on the interviews for contestants on Twenty One and writing questions for the show 
01:04
Albert Freedman on disliking Herbert Stempel, who was already the reigning champion on Twenty One when Freedman joined the show
02:04
Albert Freedman on coaching contestants on Twenty One  
02:56
Albert Freedman on certain contestants not getting answers on Twenty One and some contestants (James Snodgrasss) ignoring what producers wanted
04:53
Albert Freedman on the head of Geritol (Twenty One's sponsor) wanting Herbert Stempel off the program and how Freedman convinced Charles Van Doren to become a contestant
07:41
Albert Freedman on how he convinced Charles Van Doren to become a contestant on Twenty One (contd.)
01:40
Albert Freedman on whether or not he gave Charles Van Doren answers for his first appearance Twenty One  
01:47
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren's appeal on Twenty One  
01:55
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren's tie wins with Herbert Stempel on Twenty One and Van Doren having the questions in advance
02:29
Albert Freedman on how Charles Van Doren's appeal made Twenty One so entertaining and successful in the ratings; on how Van Doren boosted sales of television sets
02:46
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One and NBC and the advertisers taking over control of the program
02:48
Albert Freedman on the decision to have Charles Van Doren lose on Twenty One
00:32
Albert Freedman on additional wins being fixed on Twenty One and how the "entertainment factor" manufactured for quiz shows got out of control
01:18
Albert Freedman on his, Jack Barry's, and Dan Enright's reactions at the beginning of the Quiz Show Scandals when it was revealed that Dotto  was fixed and when Herbert Stempel went to the press about the fixing of Twenty One
03:35
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren contacting him when the D.A.'s office announced an investigation into the quiz shows (including Twenty One)
01:22
Albert Freedman on whether or not Twenty-One was on the air during the Quiz Show Scandals; on getting fired from the show
00:20
Albert Freedman on the resurrection of Twenty One
01:20

You Bet Your Life

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Albert Freedman on his big break - writing for Groucho Marx on You Bet Your Life
06:40
Albert Freedman on memorable guests on You Bet Your Life
01:34
Albert Freedman on working with George Fenneman on You Bet Your Life  and on future projects
04:50
Topics

Advertising and Sponsorship

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Albert Freedman on the head of Geritol (Twenty One's sponsor) wanting Herbert Stempel off the program and how Freedman convinced Charles Van Doren to become a contestant
07:41
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One and Freedman realizing the power of television
02:48

Celebrities in the News

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Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One and Freedman realizing the power of television
02:48

Fame and Celebrity

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Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One and Freedman realizing the power of television
02:48

First Big Break

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Albert Freedman on his big break - writing for Groucho Marx on You Bet Your Life
02:58

Hollywood Blacklist

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Albert Freedman on raising money for the defense fees for those on trial during the Hollywood Blacklist
01:58

Industry Crossroads

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Albert Freedman on raising money for the defense fees for those on trial during the Hollywood Blacklist
01:58
Albert Freedman on his dealings with Twenty One contestant James Snodgrass during the Quiz Show Scandals>
03:02
Albert Freedman on the most difficult pre-test of all the quiz shows - on Twenty One - and how producers selected which answers to give contestants
00:51
Albert Freedman on becoming a producer on Twenty One, coaching contestants, and casting Charles Van Doren on the program
29:12
Albert Freedman on the head of Geritol (Twenty One's sponsor) wanting Herbert Stempel off the program and how Freedman convinced Charles Van Doren to become a contestant
07:40
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One; on the beginning of the Quiz Show Scandals; on not wanting to implicate Charles Van Doren
28:55
Albert Freedman on the beginning of the Quiz Show scandals in 1958 - Ed Hilgemeier going to the press about the fixing of Dotto
07:26
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren contacting him when the D.A.'s office announced an investigation into the quiz shows (including Twenty One)
01:22
Albert Freedman on the sequence of events that led to the press scrutinization of TV and the explosion of the Quiz Show Scandals
01:43
Albert Freedman on how he got embroiled in the investigations surrounding the Quiz Show Scandals; on how he was counseled by lawyers
02:57
Albert Freedman on being poorly coached by lawyers for the Grand Jury testimony for the Quiz Show Scandals; on realizing he was being set up for an indictment
04:00
Albert Freedman on not giving names to prosecutor Joseph Stone when he was questioned during the Quiz Show Scandals
02:28
Albert Freedman on being indicted for perjury after his testimony during the Quiz Show Scandals; on recanting his testimony and perjuring himself again
11:23
Albert Freedman on being blacklisted because of the Quiz Show Scandals
05:30
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren being persuaded to testify before the House Committee after Van Doren had seen the notes from the original Grand Jury testimony; on returning from Mexico to testify
02:57
Albert Freedman on reaching out to Charles Van Doren's lawyer to explain the circumstances under which Freedman would be testifying before the House Committee (to explain that Freedman would not be speaking about Van Doren)
03:55
Albert Freedman on reaching out to Charles Van Doren's lawyer to explain the circumstances under which Freedman would be testifying before the House Committee (to explain that Freedman would not be speaking about Van Doren)
03:55
Albert Freedman on CBS allegedly paying off the Harris Commission, Charles Revson perjuring himself, and other testimony at the Congressional hearings
02:26
Albert Freedman on testifying before the Grand Jury for a third time during the Quiz Show Scandals and his indictment finally being dropped after four years
02:49
Albert Freedman on Robert Redford's movie "Quiz Show" and whether or not the film was accurate
06:21
Albert Freedman on who the "bad guys" were in the Quiz Show Scandals
03:01
Albert Freedman on the impact of the Quiz Show Scandals on the medium of television - the end of the intelligent era of live TV
03:00
Albert Freedman on what the quiz shows were really about - making education respectable via entertainment
01:01
Albert Freedman on whether today's quiz shows are affected by the Quiz Show Scandals
01:46

Pivotal Career Moments

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Albert Freedman on his big break - writing for Groucho Marx on You Bet Your Life
02:58

Pop Culture

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Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One and Freedman realizing the power of television
02:48

Quiz Show Scandals

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Albert Freedman on his dealings with Twenty One contestant James Snodgrass during the Quiz Show Scandals
03:02
Albert Freedman on the most difficult pre-test of all the quiz shows - on Twenty One - and how producers selected which answers to give contestants
00:51
Albert Freedman on becoming a producer on Twenty One, coaching contestants, and casting Charles Van Doren on the program
29:12
Albert Freedman on the head of Geritol (Twenty One's sponsor) wanting Herbert Stempel off the program and how Freedman convinced Charles Van Doren to become a contestant
07:40
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One; on the beginning of the Quiz Show Scandals; on not wanting to implicate Charles Van Doren
28:55
Albert Freedman on the beginning of the Quiz Show scandals in 1958 - Ed Hilgemeier going to the press about the fixing of Dotto
07:26
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren contacting him when the D.A.'s office announced an investigation into the quiz shows (including Twenty One)
01:22
Albert Freedman on the sequence of events that led to the press scrutinization of TV and the explosion of the Quiz Show Scandals
01:43
Albert Freedman on how he got embroiled in the investigations surrounding the Quiz Show Scandals; on how he was counseled by lawyers
03:03
Albert Freedman on being poorly coached by lawyers for the Grand Jury testimony for the Quiz Show Scandals; on realizing he was being set up for an indictment
04:00
Albert Freedman on not giving names to prosecutor Joseph Stone when he was questioned during the Quiz Show Scandals
02:28
Albert Freedman on being indicted for perjury after his testimony during the Quiz Show Scandals; on recanting his testimony and perjuring himself again
11:23
Albert Freedman on being blacklisted because of the Quiz Show Scandals
05:30
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren being persuaded to testify before the House Committee after Van Doren had seen the notes from the original Grand Jury testimony; on returning from Mexico to testify
02:57
Albert Freedman on reaching out to Charles Van Doren's lawyer to explain the circumstances under which Freedman would be testifying before the House Committee (to explain that Freedman would not be speaking about Van Doren)
03:55
Albert Freedman on CBS allegedly paying off the Harris Commission, Charles Revson perjuring himself, and other testimony at the Congressional hearings
02:26
Albert Freedman on testifying before the Grand Jury for a third time during the Quiz Show Scandals and his indictment finally being dropped after four years
02:49
Albert Freedman on Robert Redford's movie "Quiz Show" and whether or not the film was accurate
06:21
Albert Freedman on who the "bad guys" were in the Quiz Show Scandals
03:01
Albert Freedman on the impact of the Quiz Show Scandals on the medium of television - the end of the intelligent era of live TV
03:00
Albert Freedman on what the quiz shows were really about - making education respectable via entertainment
01:01
Albert Freedman on whether today's quiz shows are affected by the Quiz Show Scandals
01:46

Television Industry

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Albert Freedman on television in its infancy
01:35
Albert Freedman on raising money for the defense fees for those on trial during the Hollywood Blacklist
01:58
Albert Freedman on his dealings with Twenty One contestant James Snodgrass during the Quiz Show Scandals
03:02
Albert Freedman on the most difficult pre-test of all the quiz shows - on Twenty One - and how producers selected which answers to give contestants
00:51
Albert Freedman on becoming a producer on Twenty One, coaching contestants, and casting Charles Van Doren on the program
29:12
Albert Freedman on the head of Geritol (Twenty One's sponsor) wanting Herbert Stempel off the program and how Freedman convinced Charles Van Doren to become a contestant
07:41
Albert Freedman on the head of Geritol (Twenty One's sponsor) wanting Herbert Stempel off the program and how Freedman convinced Charles Van Doren to become a contestant
07:41
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One; on the beginning of the Quiz Show Scandals; on not wanting to implicate Charles Van Doren
28:55
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One and Freedman realizing the power of television
02:48
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One and Freedman realizing the power of television
02:48
Albert Freedman on the beginning of the Quiz Show scandals in 1958 - Ed Hilgemeier going to the press about the fixing of Dotto
07:26
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren contacting him when the D.A.'s office announced an investigation into the quiz shows (including Twenty One)
01:22
Albert Freedman on the sequence of events that led to the press scrutinization of TV and the explosion of the Quiz Show Scandals
01:43
Albert Freedman on how he got embroiled in the investigations surrounding the Quiz Show Scandals; on how he was counseled by lawyers
02:57
Albert Freedman on being poorly coached by lawyers for the Grand Jury testimony for the Quiz Show Scandals; on realizing he was being set up for an indictment
04:00
Albert Freedman on not giving names to prosecutor Joseph Stone when he was questioned during the Quiz Show Scandals
02:28
Albert Freedman on being indicted for perjury after his testimony during the Quiz Show Scandals; on recanting his testimony and perjuring himself again
11:23
Albert Freedman on being blacklisted because of the Quiz Show Scandals and getting stranded in Mexico
05:30
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren being persuaded to testify before the House Committee after Van Doren had seen the notes from the original Grand Jury testimony; on returning from Mexico to testify
02:57
Albert Freedman on CBS allegedly paying off the Harris Commission, Charles Revson perjuring himself, and other testimony at the Congressional hearings
02:26
Albert Freedman on testifying before the Grand Jury for a third time during the Quiz Show Scandals and his indictment finally being dropped after four years
02:49
Albert Freedman on Robert Redford's movie "Quiz Show" and whether or not the film was accurate
06:21
Albert Freedman on who the "bad guys" were in the Quiz Show Scandals
03:01
Albert Freedman on the impact of the Quiz Show Scandals on the medium of television - the end of the intelligent era of live TV
03:00
Albert Freedman on what the quiz shows were really about - making education respectable via entertainment
01:01
Albert Freedman on whether today's quiz shows are affected by the Quiz Show Scandals
01:46
Professions

Producers

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Albert Freedman on his duties as a producer on Twenty One - getting the best contestants and having the best questions
04:29
Genres

Children's Programming

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Albert Freedman on writing for and performing on The Pinky Lee Show
01:29
Albert Freedman on the type of humor on The Pinky Lee Show; on working with Pinky Lee
04:39
Albert Freedman on working for the children's show Make Your Wish
04:10
Albert Freedman on the scripted nature of > Juvenile Jury
01:56

Game Shows

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Albert Freedman on contestants knowing the answers ahead of time of The Big Surprise and the reasons for "fixing" panel and quiz shows
08:42
Albert Freedman on his dealings with Twenty One contestant James Snodgrass during the Quiz Show Scandals
03:02
Albert Freedman on the format of the quiz show, Tic Tac Dough and how winners were selected ahead of time based on pre-test results
04:24
Albert Freedman on the most difficult pre-test of all the quiz shows - on Twenty One - and how producers selected which answers to give contestants
00:51
Albert Freedman on specific contestants on Tic Tac Dough
01:18
Albert Freedman on becoming a producer on Twenty One, coaching contestants, and convincing Charles Van Doren to become a contestant on the program
29:12
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One; on the beginning of the Quiz Show Scandals; on not wanting to implicate Charles Van Doren
28:55
Albert Freedman on being indicted during the Quiz Show Scandals, being blacklisted, going to Mexico, and returning to the U.S. to testify again after Charles Van Doren agreed to testify
28:38
Albert Freedman on reaching out to Charles Van Doren's lawyer to explain the circumstances under which Freedman would be testifying before the Grand Jury for a third time, on Robert Redford's movie "Quiz Show" and whether or not the film was accurate, and the impact of the Quiz Show Scandals on the medium of television - the end of the intelligent era of live TV
28:16
Albert Freedman on whether today's quiz shows are affected by the Quiz Show Scandals
01:46

Reality TV

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Albert Freedman on becoming a producer on Twenty One, coaching contestants, and convincing Charles Van Doren to become a contestant on the program
29:12
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One; on the beginning of the Quiz Show Scandals; on not wanting to implicate Charles Van Doren
28:55
Albert Freedman on being indicted during the Quiz Show Scandals, being blacklisted, going to Mexico, and returning to the U.S. to testify again after Charles Van Doren agreed to testify
28:38
Albert Freedman on reaching out to Charles Van Doren's lawyer to explain the circumstances under which Freedman would be testifying before the Grand Jury for a third time, > on > Robert Redford's movie "Quiz Show" and whether or not the film was accurate, and the impact of the Quiz Show Scandals on the medium of television - the end of the intelligent era of live TV
28:16
Albert Freedman on whether today's quiz shows are affected by the Quiz Show Scandals
01:46
People

Jack Barry

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Albert Freedman on working with Jack Barry while doing panel shows like Juvenile Jury
00:50
Albert Freedman on the working relationship between Dan Enright and Jack Barry
01:40
Albert Freedman on how he came to work for Jack Barry and Dan Enright's Twenty One
01:46
Albert Freedman on his, Jack Barry's, and Dan Enright's reactions at the beginning of the Quiz Show Scandals when it was revealed that Dotto  was fixed
03:35
Albert Freedman on his meetings with Dan Enright and Jack Barry during the Quiz Show Scandals
02:20
Albert Freedman on Jack Barry and Dan Enright's reactions to Freedman's indictment
00:11

Charles Van Doren

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Albert Freedman on the head of Geritol (Twenty One's sponsor) wanting Herbert Stempel off the program and how Freedman convinced Charles Van Doren to become a contestant
07:40
Albert Freedman on how he convinced Charles Van Doren to become a contestant on Twenty-One  (contd.)
01:40
Albert Freedman on whether or not he gave Charles Van Doren answers for his first appearance Twenty-One  
01:47
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren's appeal on Twenty-One  
01:55
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren's tie wins with Herbert Stempel on Twenty-One  and Van Doren having the questions in advance
02:29
Albert Freedman on how Charles Van Doren's appeal made Twenty-One  so entertaining and successful in the ratings; on how Van Doren boosted sales of television sets
05:34
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty-One  
02:48
Albert Freedman on the decision to have Charles Van Doren lose on Twenty-One
00:32
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren contacting him when the D.A.'s office announced an investigation into the quiz shows (including Twenty-One)
01:22
Albert Freedman on how he got embroiled in the investigations surrounding the Quiz Show Scandals and refusing to implicate Charles Van Doren; on how he was counseled by lawyers
03:03
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren being persuaded to testify before the House Committee after Van Doren had seen the notes from the original Grand Jury testimony; on Freedman returning from Mexico to testify
02:57
Albert Freedman on whether or not he's spoken to Charles Van Doren since Freedman's indictment
01:44
Albert Freedman on reaching out to Charles Van Doren's lawyer to explain the circumstances under which Freedman would be testifying before the House Committee (to explain that Freedman would not be speaking about Van Doren)
03:55
Albert Freedman on who the "bad guys" were in the Quiz Show Scandals and the fluke of the success of Charles Van Doren
03:01

Dan Enright

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Albert Freedman on working for Dan Enright
00:58
Albert Freedman on the working relationship between Dan Enright and Jack Barry
01:40
Albert Freedman on differences between working for Dan Enright and Lou Cowan-run productions
00:56
Albert Freedman on how he came to work for Jack Barry and Dan Enright's Twenty One
02:37
Albert Freedman on Dan Enright selecting Herbert Stempel as a contestant on Twenty One   
01:17
Albert Freedman on his, Jack Barry's, and Dan Enright's reactions at the beginning of the Quiz Show Scandals when it was revealed that Dotto  was fixed
03:35
Albert Freedman on his meetings with Dan Enright and Jack Barry during the Quiz Show Scandals
02:20
Albert Freedman on Jack Barry and Dan Enright's reactions to Freedman's indictment
00:11
Albert Freedman on trying to get Joseph Stone to drop his indictment and Dan Enright's lawyer not being on Freedman's side
01:04

Buddy Hackett

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Albert Freedman on his thoughts on people with whom he's worked or come into contact - Buddy Hackett
00:33

Pinky Lee

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Albert Freedman on writing for and performing on The Pinky Lee Show
01:29
Albert Freedman on working with Pinky Lee on The Pinky Lee Show
02:26

Groucho Marx

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Albert Freedman on his big break - writing for Groucho Marx on You Bet Your Life
02:58
Albert Freedman on his relationship with Groucho Marx's daughter; on working with Groucho Marx
01:31
Albert Freedman on his working relationship with Groucho Marx 
02:11

Jess Oppenheimer

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Albert Freedman on writing for Jess Oppenheimer's radio shows
01:02
Albert Freedman on working with Jess Oppenheimer
01:28

Ronald Reagan

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Albert Freedman on Ronald Reagan's involvement with the Hollywood Blacklist
00:29

Robert Redford

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Albert Freedman on Robert Redford's movie "Quiz Show" and whether or not the film was accurate
06:21

Frank Stanton

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Albert Freedman on Frank Stanton overseeing CBS when the Quiz Show Scandals broke in 1958 and Ed Hilgemeier went to the press about the fixing of Dotto
01:45

Herbert Stempel

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Albert Freedman on his dealings with Herbert Stempel on Twenty One, and Stempel claiming he was supposed to act a certain way on camera
02:04
Albert Freedman on the head of Geritol (Twenty One's sponsor) wanting Herbert Stempel off the program and how Freedman convinced Charles Van Doren to become a contestant
07:40
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren's tie wins with Herbert Stempel on Twenty-One  and Van Doren having the questions in advance
02:21
Albert Freedman on Herbert Stempel going to the press about the fixing of Twenty-One 
02:11

Joseph Stone

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Albert Freedman on not giving names to prosecutor Joseph Stone when he was questioned during the Quiz Show Scandals
02:28
Albert Freedman on prosecutor Joseph Stone visiting him in Mexico
00:53
Albert Freedman on testifying before the Grand Jury for a third time during the Quiz Show Scandals; on what Joseph Stone told him during testimony
01:45
Albert Freedman on trying to get Joseph Stone to drop his indictment and Dan Enright's lawyer not being on Freedman's side
01:04

David Susskind

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Albert Freedman on his thoughts on people with whom he's worked or come into contact - David Susskind
00:25

Warren Wade

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Albert Freedman on working for Warren Wade in New York
01:22

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