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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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Production Co:

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: Your husband? I'm sure he would be... when he sees the fine new shoe polishing attachment we have... not only this, but the moth sprayer... the upholstery, ah... thing, the ahh... cravostat and the... ah... flaggel.
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Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
(uncredited)
Written by Effie I. Canning
Played on the phonograph
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Jack and Roz having a fine time!
8 November 2014 | by WarnersBrotherSee 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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