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Roughly Speaking (1945)





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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.


Rosalind Russell
as Louise Randall Pierson
Jack Carson
as Harold C. Pierson
Robert Hutton
as John Crane (ages 20-28)
Ann E. Todd
as Louise Randall as a child
Alan Hale
as Lew Morton
Ray Collins
as Mr. Randall
Kathleen Lockhart
as Mrs. Randall
Cora Sue Collins
as Elinor Randall
Ann Todd
as Louise Randall
Helene Thimig
as Olga the Maid
Greta Granstedt
as Anna the Maid
Ann Doran
as Alice Abbott
Hobart Cavanaugh
as The Teacher
Eily Malyon
as The Dean
Donald Woods
as Rodney Crane
Craig Stevens
as Jack Leslie
John Alvin
as Lawton Meckall
Francis Pierlot
as Dr. Lewis
Manart Kippen
as Dr. Bowditch
George Carleton
as The Judge
John Qualen
as Ole Olsen
Chester Clute
as The Proprietor
Irving Bacon
as Customer in Music Shop
Barbara Brown
as Relief Worker
Sig Arno
as George
Ann Lawrence
as Barbara (ages 9-11)
Mona Freeman
as Barbara (ages 15-20)
Andrea King
as Barbara (ages 21-29)
Mickey Kuhn
as John (ages 7-10)
John Treul
as John (ages 14-19)
Johnny Calkins
as Rodney (ages 6-9)
Richard Winer
as Rodney (ages 13-18)
John Sheridan
as Rodney (ages 19-27)
Jo Ann Marlowe
as Louise Jr. (ages 5-6)
Patsy Lee Parsons
as Louise Jr. (ages 12-17)
Jean Sullivan
as Louise Jr. (ages 18-26)
Gregory Muradian
as Frankie (ages 3-4)
John Sheffield
as Frankie (age 9)
Robert Arthur
as Frankie (age 17)
Johnny Sheffield
as Frankie Age 9
Joyce Compton
as Prissy Girl
Jo Gilbert
as Woman in Store
Harry Harvey Jr.
as Billy Winters
Emmett Vogan
as Auctioneer
Pierre Watkin
as Financier
Jody Gilbert
as Woman in Store
Bill Moss
as Sergeant
George Meader
as The Professor
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Critic Reviews for Roughly Speaking

All Critics (1)

The whole thing depresses me beyond words. Jack Carson, however, is likable, as he always is.

June 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Roughly Speaking

Wow, Jack Carson in a starring role. He should have had more chances. He's excellent here, although he really only appears for the second half of the film. He and Russell have great chemistry.

You can tell we're dealing with Hollywood-izing of the story, however. As a biopic based on the life story of Louise Randall Pierson, you know that the hard times are glossed over pretty smoothly. Polio, abandonment by divorce, and multiple bankruptcies are hardly ever this lightly overcome in the "real" world. Still, highly recommended for all you Carson and/or Russell fans.

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