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Roughly Speaking (1945)

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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John Crane, ages 20-28
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Louise Jr., ages 18-26
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Rodney Crane
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Lew Morton
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Barbara, ages 21-29
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Alice Abbott
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Barbara, ages 15-20
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Frankie at 17
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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)  »

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O Preço da Felicidade  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bette Davis turned down the lead role in this film. 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

Oh, You Beautiful Doll
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Music by Nat Ayer
Lyrics by A. Seymour Brown
Sung by Craig Stevens at the piano
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Jack and Roz having a fine time!
8 November 2014 | by (Hollywood, CA/Scottsdale, AZ) – See all my reviews

Roughly Speaking was a pleasant little surprise when I caught it recently, like a lot of others I had never heard of it before. Russell is her always competent self and there is a bit of her future role of Auntie Mame in this performance. I have come to appreciate Jack Carson much more than I used to now that I am seeing a larger body of his work thanks to TCM and he is terrific in this playing against his usual type. IMHO it's his best performance at Warner's, just squeaking out his in The Hard Way.

There is chemistry galore between Roz and Jack and that's what makes the picture work. They do indeed seem to be enjoying it and without Carson this could have been a boring weeper. Supporting cast is excellent, particularly the great Ray Collins. The only exception is Robert Hutton as the Son. Mr. Hutton was always hampered by the fact that he couldn't act.

I think it rates a solid 7.5 Lastly, is it me, or does this film decidedly not feel like a Michael Curtiz helmed picture? Someone else tried to contrast it to Mildred Pierce which is wholly unfair...they are distinctly different types of films.


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