Roughly Speaking Movie Review Summary

Actors: Rosalind Russell, Jack Carson, Donald Woods

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At the beginning of the century, Louise Randall is an ambitious little girl. When her father dies, the family doesn't have much money, but her mother manages to send her to college. She learns typing and gets a job. She moves to Connecticut with a friend of hers, and they live in the same boarding house as two Yale students. Louise falls in love with Rodney Crane. Louise doesn't want to give up working because she's married, but does because Rodney doesn't want his wife to work. They have four kids, and Louise is an energetic mother and homemaker. One of her daughters becomes paralyzed, but Louise helps her make the best of it. Rodney thinks her cheerful optimistic demeanor is heartless. When he loses his job, she tries to cheer him up, but he feels that she's not sympathetic enough. He gets another job, but later confesses that he's been seeing another woman. He says Louise never admired him enough and was too independant. They get divorced and Louise gets custody of the children.
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Louise meets Harold Pierson at a party. Even though he finds out she's a single mother, he still wants to marry her. Later on, they have a child together. Their marriage is a marriage of equals an both work together in a business selling roses. Unfortunately, the market is too full and it doesn't make any money. Harold invests in an airplane, but the stock market crashes and the Great Depression gets started. Harold finally finds a job selling vacuum cleaners. One day Louise passes by a bar and sees Harold playing pool. He hasn't sold any vacuums, but has been making money gambling. Louise gives him a letter, this time with an offer to manage to New York World's Fair. The whole family is part of the business, with Harold managing the fair and Louise and the children handling the parking for the guests.

World War II begins, and their sons enlist. Harold reassures Louise that with her as an example, they'll pull through.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Poverty story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Is this movie based on a    -   book

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