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Roughly Speaking (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 11 April 1946 (Mexico)
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 »

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Louise Randall Pierson (screenplay), Louise Randall Pierson (book)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rosalind Russell ... Louise Randall Pierson
Jack Carson ... Harold C. Pierson
Robert Hutton ... John Crane, ages 20-28
Jean Sullivan ... Louise Jr., ages 18-26
Donald Woods ... Rodney Crane
Alan Hale ... Lew Morton
Andrea King ... Barbara, ages 21-29
Ann Doran ... Alice Abbott
Mona Freeman ... Barbara, ages 15-20
Robert Arthur ... Frankie at 17
Ray Collins ... Mr. John Chase Randall
John Qualen ... Svend Olsen
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Henrietta Louise Randall
Ann E. Todd ... Louise Randall as a child (as Ann Todd)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1946 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

O Preço da Felicidade See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane the family sees taxiing when pulling up to the airport is a Stearman C3-R, registration NC656K, built c.1928. As of 2018 it is still registered with the FAA. 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

Harold C. Pierson: Everybody but us is going high, wide, and handsome!
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Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played during the shot of the WWI garden and drill
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Roughly Speaking-Speaking of Nostalgia ***1/2
9 July 2008 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

A wonderful Rosalind Russell vehicle with Jack Carson in fine form as her 2nd husband.

It tells us of a woman's determination to survive this world-despite deaths in the family, a heel of a husband, (Donald Woods),illness, and the Great Depression.

Russell throws her usual zest for this type of commanding woman in the film and succeeds. Though out of his league as the usual grade B actor, Woods succeeds here in the part of the first husband, who walks out on Russell after 10 years of marriage, 4 children and a life of hard times.

The film is definitely a slice of Americana and the idea of hard work and accomplishment. It also very well deals with adversity just as things are going so well. Isn't that so true of life itself? That's why the film succeeds and is quite memorable.


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