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They Knew What They Wanted (1940) Poster

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Screen debut of Tom Ewell.
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Screen debut of Karl Malden.
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Partially filmed in Napa Valley at what is now the Calistoga Inn, and at St Helena's train station.
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In March 1941, one some locations, this film was shown on an RKO double bill with Sixty Glorious Years, distributed in the USA with the alternate title Queen of Destiny.
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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 for Drama in 1925.
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Basis for the Broadway musical Most Happy Fella.
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Features William Gargan's only Oscar nominated performance.
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Salt Lake City Sunday 10 June 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2); it first aired in San Francisco Wednesday 11 July 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5). Almost immediately legal problems arose because of the original play providing source material for the then forthcoming musical version, Most Happy Fella, and it was taken out of release. Today, it's archived in the Turner Classic Movies film library, but has yet to be telecast on TCM or any other cable station, because of these same problems.
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