They Knew What They Wanted (1940) Movie Details

They Knew What They Wanted
Garson Kanin
RKO Radio Pictures
1 hr 36 mins
Rating: 6.5/10 from 82 users

They Knew What They Wanted Movie Cast

Carole Lombard
as Amy Peters
Charles Laughton
as Tony Patucci
Harry Carey
as The Doctor
Frank Fay
as Father McKee
Joseph E. Bernard
as The R.F.D.
Janet Fox
Janet Fox as Mildred
Lee Tung Foo
as Ah Gee, the Cook
Karl Malden
as Red
Victor Kilian
as The photographer
Demetrius Alexis
Demetrius Alexis as Restaurant Customer
Ricca Allen
Ricca Allen as Mrs. Thing
Effie Anderson
Effie Anderson as Nurse
Bobby Barber
as Tony's Pal at Table
Marie Blake
as Waitress
Tom Ewell
as New Hired Hand
Antonio Filauri
as Customer
Millicent Green
Millicent Green as Waitress
Bobbie Hale
Bobbie Hale as Restaurant Customer
Paul Le Pere
Paul Le Pere as Hired Hand
Grace Lenard
as Waitress
Patricia Oakley
Patricia Oakley as Waitress
Nestor Paiva
as Tony's Pal at Table
Paul Panzer
as Proprietor of Italian Restaurant
Stephen Soldi
Stephen Soldi as Restaurant Customer
Joe Sully
Joe Sully as Father of Family

They Knew What They Wanted Crew List

Director :
Screenplay : Robert Ardrey
Original Story : Sidney Howard
Producer : Erich Pommer
Director of Photography : Harry Stradling Sr.
Makeup Artist : Mel Berns

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When visiting San Francisco, Tony Patucci, a ageing winegrower from the Napa Valley, sees waitress Amy Peters and falls in love. Returning home, he persuades his foreman Joe, an incorrigible womanizer, to write her a letter in Tony's name. Tony's courtship by mail culminates with a proposal, and when she requests a picture of him, he sends one of Joe. Amy accepts and goes to Napa to be married. Although horrified to discover that her prospective husband is the portly Tony, she decides to go through with the marriage. However, while Tony is in bed after an accident, Amy and Joe has an affair. Two months later, as Tony plans the wedding, she discovers that she is pregnant. Upon learning this, Tony pummels Joe, who leaves the vineyards. but forgives Amy, and insists that they still be married, But she is unable to forgive herself, so she leaves with the priest who's come to marry them, while Tony looks on, hoping that she will return one day.

They Knew What They Wanted

They Knew What They Wanted is a 1940 English Film stars Carole Lombard , Garson Kanin , Charles Laughton , William Gargan , Harry Carey , Frank Fay , Joseph E. Bernard , Janet Fox , Lee Tung Foo , Karl Malden , Victor Kilian , Demetrius Alexis , Ricca Allen , Effie Anderson , Bobby Barber , Marie Blake , Tom Ewell , Antonio Filauri , Millicent Green , Bobbie Hale , Paul Le Pere , Grace Lenard , Patricia Oakley , Nestor Paiva , Paul Panzer , Stephen Soldi , Joe Sully , Robert Ardrey , Sidney Howard , Erich Pommer , Harry Stradling Sr. , Mel Berns , directed by Garson Kanin & music by .