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Credited cast:
Robert Hutton ...
John Crane, ages 20-28
Louise Jr., ages 18-26
Donald Woods ...
Rodney Crane
Lew Morton
Barbara, ages 21-29
Alice Abbott
Mona Freeman ...
Barbara, ages 15-20
Frankie at 17
Mr. John Chase Randall
Svend Olsen
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Ann E. Todd ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irving Bacon ...
Customer in Music Shop (unconfirmed)


In the 1920s, enterprising Louise Randall is determined to succeed in a man's world. She enrolls at business college but her plans for a career change when she falls in love with handsome Rodney Crane. Although the two have little in common and Rodney disagrees with Louise's views on the woman's role in society, they marry and have four children. Their personality differences eventually lead to a divorce. Louise eventually finds happiness with her second husband, eccentric Harold Pierson. Written by Daniel Bubbeo

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

17 June 1946 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

O Preço da Felicidade  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The UCLA Film and Television Archives have a long version of this film (running time 150 Min's). See more »


The young children toss a fuzzy duckling into the air and happily "watch" it as it supposedly flies up in the air. But ducklings have no feathers and cannot fly. See more »


Louise Randall Pierson: Every time I get my ship on an even keel, something goes bang!
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By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Music by Gus Edwards
Lyrics by Edward Madden
Sung by Craig Stevens at the piano
Also sung by those at the party
Played as Louise and Rodney's theme
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An underrated gem
3 February 2003 | by (Stonehaven, Scotland) – See all my reviews

A long but pleasantly sentimental journey. This delightfully odd-ball film is based on the real-life story of one Louise Randall Pierson, an eccentric free-spirited woman who was ahead of her time in her thinking and actions. This lady didn't need the assistance of women's liberation movement! The film opens in 1912 and ends during WWII. In between are many amusing episodes. Louise's first failed marriage, her daughter who suffered infantile paralysis and her introduction to her future second husband (Jack Carson) - in a fish pond while dressed up for a costume party linger in the memory. Rosalind Russell is superb as Ms Randall-Pierson, and although the film is a mite long at 117 minutes, it is expertly directed by Michael Curtiz, the dramatic and comical aspects being cleverly balanced. Highly recommended as a fine example of a forgotten fine movie to remember.

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