Roughly Speaking [DVD] [1945]

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Roughly Speaking
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ray Collins
    Ray Collins - Mr. Randall
  • Kathleen Lockhart
    Kathleen Lockhart - Mrs. Randall
  • Ann E. Todd
    Ann E. Todd - Louise Randall as a child
  • Andy Clyde
    Andy Clyde - Matt
  • Arthur Shields
    Arthur Shields - Minister

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