MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 9,438 this week

They Knew What They Wanted (1940)

6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 242 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 4 critic

Tony (Charles Laughton), a successful but illiterate middle-aged grape farmer, sends the photograph of his handsome young foreman, Joe (William Gargan), instead of his own, hoping to woo ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (from the Pulitzer Prize Play by)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 312 titles
created 18 Feb 2012
 
list image
a list of 60 titles
created 29 May 2013
 
a list of 3 titles
created 31 Aug 2013
 
list image
a list of 9998 titles
created 11 months ago
 
list image
a list of 9996 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: They Knew What They Wanted (1940)

They Knew What They Wanted (1940) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of They Knew What They Wanted.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Hazel Flagg of Warsaw, Vermont receives the news that her terminal case of radium poisoning from a workplace incident was a complete misdiagnosis with mixed emotions. She is happy not to be... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Charles Winninger
Primrose Path (1940)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Girl from the "wrong" side of the tracks falls in love with an ambitious young man from the "right" side of the tracks.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Joel McCrea, Marjorie Rambeau
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Clark Gable plays a card cheat who has to go on the lam to avoid a pesky cop. He meets a lonely, but slightly wild, librarian, Carole Lombard, while he is hiding out. The two get married ... See full summary »

Director: Wesley Ruggles
Stars: Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Dorothy Mackaill
Supernatural (1933)
Certificate: Passed Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A serial black widow murderess returns to life in the body of a young woman to exact revenge on a former lover, a phony spiritualist who betrayed her.

Director: Victor Halperin
Stars: Carole Lombard, Randolph Scott, Alan Dinehart
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Working girl Janie is proposed to by a conservative car salesman, a bohemian auto mechanic, and a millionaire playboy and must make a choice.

Director: Garson Kanin
Stars: Ginger Rogers, George Murphy, Alan Marshal
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Not a typical Hitchcock movie, this is a comedy about a couple who learn that their marriage was not valid.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Gene Raymond
Virtue (1932)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A relationship gradually develops between a savvy New York street girl and a good-hearted cab driver--who first meet when she stiffs him for the fare--but other matters keep getting in their way, including financial problems and a murder.

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Carole Lombard, Pat O'Brien, Ward Bond
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The various residents and occupants of a resort hotel await the outcome of a horse race at a nearby track, as it will affect each of their lives in different ways. .

Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Carole Lombard, Jack Oakie, Adrienne Ames
Rumba (1935)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A bored society girl sets her sights on a dancer in a Broadway show.

Director: Marion Gering
Stars: George Raft, Carole Lombard, Lynne Overman
No One Man (1932)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When the boyfriend of a rich, bored socialite dies from a weak heart, she finds herself attracted to the doctor who treated him, a hard-working idealist decidedly different from the usual spoiled society rich kids she is used to.

Director: Lloyd Corrigan
Stars: Carole Lombard, Ricardo Cortez, Paul Lukas
The Gay Bride (1934)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Gangster Shoots Magiz is the producer of the show in which Mary is appearing. She marries him even though she can't stand a thing about him, knowing that in his business he may not be ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Carole Lombard, Chester Morris, Zasu Pitts
Ladies' Man (1931)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A society gigolo goes after a rich mother and her daughter, but tries to find true happiness with his girlfriend, who is neither rich nor in "society."

Director: Lothar Mendes
Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Carole Lombard
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
William Gargan ...
Joe
...
The doctor
Frank Fay ...
Father McKee
Joseph E. Bernard ...
The R.F.D. (as Joe Bernard)
Janet Fox ...
Mildred
Lee Tung Foo ...
Ah Gee, the Cook (as Lee Tung-Foo)
...
Red
Victor Kilian ...
The photographer
Edit

Storyline

Tony (Charles Laughton), a successful but illiterate middle-aged grape farmer, sends the photograph of his handsome young foreman, Joe (William Gargan), instead of his own, hoping to woo and marry Amy (Carole Lombard), a waitress in a San Francisco restaurant. Through a series of letters, the two become close and Tony invites his "future wife" to visit. When the beautiful, young Amy arrives at Tony's Napa, California ranch she falls for the wrong man thinking that Joe is the wealthy Tony. When Tony tries to win her over in broken English, she is at first furious and then charmed. But Tony breaks his legs while showing off to impress Amy, and -- left alone to care for a cripple -- she reluctantly succumbs to Joe's charms and becomes pregnant. Although Tony discovers that he has been cuckolded and that Joe has run off, his anger turns to genuine love and he offers to take Amy back unconditionally for the sake of the child and his own true feelings for Amy. Written by E. Summer

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You have seen great motion pictures! We believe you have not seen a greater motion picture than this!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 October 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sabían lo que querían  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Broadway production of "They Knew What They Wanted" by Sidney Howard opened on November 24, 1924 at the Garrick Theater, ran for 192 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1925. See more »

Quotes

Tony Patucci: Looka me, Tony!
See more »

Connections

Remake of A Lady to Love (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Tesoro Mio
(uncredited)
Music by Ernesto Becucci
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Charles not in charge
29 November 2002 | by (Whitechapel after dark) – See all my reviews

Charles Laughton goes sort of over the top in this little movie. The plot is reminiscent of "Postman Always Rings Twice", i.e. sweet lil' immigrant meets girl & loses girl to employee, but without James M Cain's violence. Laughton's Tony really is a most happy fella, & Lombard is as usual, steamy. Totally by chance, I happened to do a double bill of this and the 1935 Mutiny On The Bounty. I should have added Ruggles Of Red Gap, Hunchback, Hobson's Choice, and Witness For The Prosecution for a total Laughton immersion. This was filmed on location in an incredibly rural Napa Valley, and if you're familiar with Napa Valley, you may recognize what is now the Calistoga Inn/Napa Valley Brewing as Tony's local cantina/bar. I'd like to see a cleaned up version of this, as the print I saw was verrry dark. Good little movie.


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
So, where is it? EliotTempleton
Discuss They Knew What They Wanted (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?