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They Knew What They Wanted

  • Film
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Time Out says

More concerned with selfless charity than the title might suggest, this astringent social comedy (the third screen adaptation of Sidney Howard's play) sets an Italian grape-farmer to woo his San Franciscan mail-order bride, and embodies its implicit racial tensions in the opposed acting styles of the central characters: ugly Laughton, unabashedly running the gamut of racial stereotypes (virility-conscious, volatile, forgiving), against the effortless acting of WASP pin-up Carole Lombard. His tolerance eventually conquers her more venal qualities, but the ending is left peculiarly open - presumably by a studio wary of the star system and anxious about the implications of miscegenation. CPea.
Written by CPea

Release Details

  • Duration:96 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Garson Kanin
  • Screenwriter:Robert Ardrey
  • Cast:
    • Charles Laughton
    • Carole Lombard
    • William Gargan
    • Harry Carey
    • Frank Fay
    • Karl Malden
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