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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 actors wear clothes correct for the period until the movie reaches 1918. Thereafter, they wear what was being worn at the time of the movie's release. See more »

Quotes

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

Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet
(uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Stanley Murphy
Sung by the man leaving Morton's office
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A tribute to a unique woman
1 July 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Louise Randall Pierson lived a wonderful life. Mrs. Pierson was a woman ahead of her times. Her biggest accomplishment was a total dedication to her family. The film, based on her own autobiography, clearly shows why this woman was so unique. Michael Curtiz directed with his usual flair.

Louise Randall Pierson went from a childhood of privilege to almost poverty after her father died when she was still a girl. Louise pursues a career as a typist and joins a firm where no women had been employed. Her friendship with Alice Abbott brings her to New Haven where she meets and marries a man that never amounts to anything, but who leaves her for another woman without any qualms, leaving Louise to do whatever she can with four small children.

At this point in her life, she meets Harold Pierson, a lovable man who had big visions, but who never was able to have the recognition he deserved. Louise and Harold were made for one another. Their love will get them through some rough patches, but they manage to keep their spirits and give all the children careers of their own.

Rosalind Russell makes this film come alive. Ms. Russell was such a lovable actress that no matter what she appeared in, she always managed to please us. Jack Carson, an underrated actor, was perfect as her second husband Harold Pierson. Mr. Carson and Ms. Russell seem to be having a great time while making the movie. Ann Doran is the loyal friend Alice and Ann Todd plays the young Louise.

"Roughly Speaking" is one of the most positive films that came out of Hollywood in the forties because it shows us a determined woman with a great heart who raises above of what life gave her.


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