- Information at Internet Movie Database
- Cinema in Focus, a social and spiritual commentary by Hal Conklin and Denny Wayman.
- Charlie confesses his lack of integrity to his father, knowing that his father values what Charlie has pretended to be. "I was one of those frauds." (DVD chapter 26)
- Charlie's public confession of his lack of integrity. (DVD chapter 27)
- Father Figure
- Conversation between father and son. Charlie remembers simple things from his childhood: "I can't think of anything that would make me that happy again." Mark: "Wait until you have a son." (DVD chapter 18)
- Although Charlie has disappointed his father and caused disgrace to the family, Mark accompanies and supports Charlie at the congressional hearings. Father stands by son as son confesses family shame in public. (DVD chapter 26-27)
- Institutional Evil
- Conversation between Goodwin and Geritol Sponsor: "Who does it hurt?" Lies at congressional committee hearing. (DVD chapter 24)
- Herb Stemple guesses "On the Waterfront" and loses the show though he knows the right answer. He spends the rest of his life questioning his integrity and questioning who is to blame for his decision. (DVD chapter 8)
- Charlie: If someone offered you all this money to
be on a rigged quiz show, would you do it?
Charlie: And I would. (DVD chapter 21)
- Goodwin talks about his uncle telling his aunt about an affair he'd had 8 years previous. "It's the getting away with it part he couldn't live with." (DVD chapter 25)
- Rationalizing Evil/Sin
- Charlie increasingly rationalizes what he knows is a decision that will risk his integrity, as he walks down the stairs. "I deserve the $20,000 as much as anybody." (DVD chapter 9)
- The Quiz Show as the place where the hero is tested and his True Identity is known to all.