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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 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

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

Bridal Chorus
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from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played briefly at the beginning of the gangway-for-the-millennium montage
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An underrated gem
3 February 2003 | by willowgreenSee 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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