They Knew What They Wanted Overview:

They Knew What They Wanted (1940) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Garson Kanin and produced by Harry E. Edington and Erich Pommer.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorWilliam GarganNominated

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A 'Look' at "They Knew What They Wanted"

By carole_and_co on Nov 17, 2020 From Carole & Co.

"They Knew What They Wanted" was Carole Lombard's second film with Charles Laughton, but it was a far cry from their late 1933 Paramount potboiler "White Woman." This was made for RKO in 1940, an adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play whose racy subject matter (waitress falls for yardhand whom ... Read full article

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Screen debut of Karl Malden.
In March 1941, RKO was distributing this film on a double bill with Queen of Destiny. (Queen of Destiny was distributed with the alternate title "Queen of Destiny".)
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.
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Best Supporting Actor Oscar 1940

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Also directed by Garson Kanin

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Also produced by Harry E. Edington

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Also released in 1940

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