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They Knew What They Wanted

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Tony, an aging Italian winegrower in the California Napa Valley, who proposes by letter to Amy, a San Francisco waitress who waited on him once. Fearing that she will find him too old and ugly, Tony sends her a photograph of Joe, his young hired hand, instead of himself. When Amy comes to the vineyard she discovers Tony has lied to her and problems ensue between Tony, Amy, ...more
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Published 1952 by Samuel French (first published 1924)
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May 01, 2012 Tony rated it really liked it
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THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WANTED. (1924). Sidney Howard. ****.
Howard (1909-1939) was born in Oakland and educated at Berkeley and Harvard. He was a well-known dramatist and script writer. His breakthrough work was this play, the story of a middle-aged Italian vineyard owner in Napa who woos a young woman in San Francisco by mail. The only problem was that he sent a false photo of himself – a photo of his vineyard overseer, Joe. They were married when she came out to Napa – much against her better jud
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This was the first play Beatrix played an American in. It was the last of the three times she understudied for Tallhulah Bankhead. I have to say I didn't care for this play at all. It was more hick farmers, although they had money, and was a very similar story to the later Eugene O'Neil play when the young girl falls for the handsome younger man instead of the older farmer she was supposed to be marrying. The characters just felt so unlikable, the dialogue wasn't that inspiring and full of diale ...more
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Apr 12, 2016 Bobby Sullivan rated it it was ok
I can't say I enjoyed this play. Too many stereotypes, too much predictability in the plot. I think if I'd spent money to see this play performed, I'd want my money back, based on the weakness of the story.
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Sidney Coe Howard was an American playwright and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1925 and a posthumous Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay in 1940 for the screenplay for Gone with the Wind. This was the first time a posthumous nominee for any Oscar won the award. He had been twice previously nominated for his adaptations of the Sinclair Lewis novels Arrowsmith , ...more
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