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Roughly Speaking (1945)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  17 June 1946 (Portugal)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Harold C. Pierson
Robert Hutton ...
John Crane, ages 20-28
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Louise Jr., ages 18-26
Donald Woods ...
Rodney Crane
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Lew Morton
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Barbara, ages 21-29
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Alice Abbott
Mona Freeman ...
Barbara, ages 15-20
Robert Arthur ...
Frankie at 17
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Mr. John Chase Randall
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Svend Olsen
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Ann E. Todd ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irving Bacon ...
Customer in Music Shop (unconfirmed)
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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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17 June 1946 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

O Preço da Felicidade  »

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The movie is based on housewife Louise Randall Pierson's best-selling autobiographical book by the same title, and then screenplay, based on her family's life. The character Frank Pierson refers to her real-life son who enlisted to fight in World War II, and later went on to become a famous film/TV writer and director. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Louise Randall Pierson: Every time I get my ship on an even keel, something goes bang!
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Soundtracks

Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful)
(uncredited)
Music traditional
Lyrics by Frederick Oakeley
Sung by the family while trimming the tree
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I can see why Bette Davis turned down this script.
11 July 2008 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Granted, this movie is somewhat entertaining. Russell & Carson perform admirably, but there is something definitely missing in the screenplay. Perhaps depth of character. I never feel that I really understand the people portrayed in the film. The same year, the fantastic "Mildred Pierce" was released, also directed by Curtiz, and that film provides its leads with some of the "meatiest" roles of that year. Carson excels in that film, whereas his "Speaking" character just appears to drift in a one-note fashion, from one set piece to the next.

Russell's "Louise" is stalwart, to be sure, but also somewhat blindly perky, and hardly an early women's rights activist, as some would declare.

I suggest renting both "Pierce" and "Speaking" as a Curtiz double-feature, and witness just how essential strong source material is, in producing a truly successful film.


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