Roughly Speaking

Overview

This odd combination of roughneck comedy and serious domestic drama was adapted by Louise Randall Pierson from her own autobiographical novel. Rosalind Russell is cast as young Louise Randall, the headstrong daughter of a New England merchant. Inheriting her father's business, Louise intends to persevere in a "man's world," and to that ends takes business courses at Yale. Here she meets and marries banker's son Rodney Crane Donald Woods, with whom she has four children. When wishy-washy Rodney runs off with ...
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Overview

This odd combination of roughneck comedy and serious domestic drama was adapted by Louise Randall Pierson from her own autobiographical novel. Rosalind Russell is cast as young Louise Randall, the headstrong daughter of a New England merchant. Inheriting her father's business, Louise intends to persevere in a "man's world," and to that ends takes business courses at Yale. Here she meets and marries banker's son Rodney Crane Donald Woods, with whom she has four children. When wishy-washy Rodney runs off with another woman, Louise marries a second time to irresponsible but likable gambler Harold Pierson Jack Carson -- and gets pregnant again. Though Louise and Harold are as different as night and day, theirs is a lasting union, which remains solid despite whatever misfortunes come their way. The story ends at the outbreak of WW II, with Louise and Rodney bidding a tearful but hopeful goodbye to their three grown sons as the boys prepare to enter military service.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Roughly Speaking is an uneven little film that gets by more on the personalities of its stars than on anything else. One assumes that the autobiography upon which it is based has more depth than the story that is presented on the screen, as the script is a routine Hollywood story about striving against the odds, persevering in the face of obstacles and remaining resolutely optimistic at all costs. It's a worthy message, but it needs to be presented in a grounding of reality in order to come across as anything more than sermonizing, however well-intentioned. The screenplay also keeps trying to tell us that the main character, Louise Randall Pierson, is an eccentric, free-spirited force of nature, but her actions don't really reveal that so much as someone who is simply bull-headed. Still, with the immensely entertaining Rosalind Russell playing the part, we're willing to forgive them. While the part is not the warm-up for Auntie Mame that it seems to be trying to be, Russell gives it her considerable all, and that's worth a lot. She even endures a bizarre Bride of Frankenstein hairdo toward the end and makes that work. Jack Carson also turns in one of his best performances, coming across as much more likeable than was often the case and exhibiting a fine chemistry with Russell. The rest of the cast is fine, and Michael Curtiz's direction is good, but they hardly matter. It's Russell and Carson that make Roughly work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2009
  • UPC: 883316161746
  • Original Release: 1945
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 49,556

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Collins Mr. Randall
Kathleen Lockhart Mrs. Randall
Ann E. Todd Louise Randall as a child
Andy Clyde Matt
Rosalind Russell Louise Randall Pierson
Robert Hutton John Age 20-28
Arthur Shields Minister
Helene Thimig Olga the Maid
Greta Granstedt Anna the Maid
Ann Doran Alice Abbott
Hobart Cavanaugh Teacher
Eily Malyon The Dean
Alan Hale Mr. Morton
Donald Woods Rodney Crane
Craig Stevens Jack Leslie
John Alvin Lawton MacKall
Mary Servoss Rose
Manart Kippen Dr. Bowditch
George Carleton The Judge
George Meader The Professor
Jack Carson Harold Pierson
Frank Puglia Tony
John Qualen Svend Olsen
Chester Clute The Proprietor
Irving Bacon Customer in Music Shop
Barbara Brown Relief Worker
Sig Arno George
Ann Lawrence Barbara Age 9-11
Mona Freeman Barbara Age 15-20
Andrea King Barbara Age 21-29
John Treul John Age 14-19
Johnny Calkins Rodney Age 6-9
John Sheridan Rodney Age 19-27
Jo Ann Marlowe Louise Jr. Age 5-6
Patsy Lee Parsons Louise Jr. Age 12-17
Jean Sullivan Louise Jr. Age 18-26
Gregory Muradian Frankie Age 3-4
Johnny Sheffield Frankie Age 9
Robert Arthur Frankie Age 17
Marie Blake
Joyce Compton Prissy Girl
Jo Gilbert Woman in Store
Harry Harvey Jr. Billy Winters
Charles Anthony Hughes Financiers
Mickey Kuhn John Age 7-10
Claire Meade Nurse
Francis Pierlot Dr. Lewis
Emmett Vogan Auctioneer
Pierre Watkin
Charles Coleman
Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry Blanke Producer
Roy Davidson Special Effects
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert M. Haas Art Director
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Louise Randall Pierson Screenwriter
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Joseph Walker Cinematographer
David Weisbart Editor
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