They Knew What They Wanted (1940)

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.

Directing:
  • Garson Kanin

Writing:
  • Robert Ardrey
  • Sidney Howard

Stars:
Release Date: 1940-10-19
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  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 96
Charles Laughton
Charles Laugh...
Tony Patucci
Nestor Paiva
Nestor Paiva
Tony's Pal at Table
Karl Malden
Karl Malden
Red
Victor Kilian
Victor Kilian
The photographer
Lee Tung Foo
Lee Tung Foo
Ah Gee, the Cook
Carole Lombard
Carole Lombar...
Amy Peters
Bobby Barber
Bobby Barber
Tony's Pal at Table
William Gargan
William Garga...
Joe
Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
New Hired Hand
Harry Carey
Harry Carey
The Doctor
Frank Fay
Frank Fay
Father McKee
Paul Panzer
Paul Panzer
Proprietor of Italian Restaurant
Joseph E. Bernard
Joseph E. Ber...
The R.F.D.
Marie Blake
Marie Blake
Waitress
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