They Knew What They Wanted Poster

Release Date: 1940

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary
Immigrant Tony Patucci (Charles Laughton) may be the successful owner of a vineyard in California, but he's self-conscious about his poor English and lacks social grace. So when he spies fetching waitress Amy (Carole Lombard), he decides to pursue her by letter and tosses in a photo of his handsome foreman Joe (William Gargan) for good measure. When Amy comes to visit, she's furious at the deception. Tony eventually wins her over, but she can't ignore her growing feelings for Joe.

Cast: Carol Lombard, Charles Laughton, William Gargan

Director: Garson Kanin

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Love, Emotional, 1930s, Rivalry, Love triangle, Melodramatic, Underdog, House


Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role