Oscar Actors: Garagan, William

They Knew What They Wanted stars Carole Lombard, Charles Laughton, William Gargan, Harry Carey, and Karl Malden. in his debut.

Based on a 1924 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Sidney Howard, the film version was directed by Garson Kanin from a screenplay by Robert Ardrey.

In 1956, Frank Loesser turned the play into a musical entitled The Most Happy Fella.

Oscar Alert:

Best Supporting Actor nomination: William Gargan.