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Ball of Fire (1941)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  2 December 1941 (USA)
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A group of ivory-tower lexicographers realize they need to hear how real people talk, and end up helping a beautiful singer avoid police and escape from the Mob.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Oskar Homolka ...
Prof. Gurkakoff (as Oscar Homolka)
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Prof. Jerome
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Prof. Magenbruch
Tully Marshall ...
Prof. Robinson
Leonid Kinskey ...
Prof. Quintana
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Prof. Oddly
Aubrey Mather ...
Prof. Peagram
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Garbage Man
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Joe Lilac
Dan Duryea ...
Duke Pastrami
Ralph Peters ...
Asthma Anderson
Kathleen Howard ...
Miss Bragg
Mary Field ...
Miss Totten
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Storyline

Sexy, wisecracking nightclub singer Sugarpuss O'Shea is a hot tomato who needs to be kept on ice: mobster boyfriend Joe Lilac is suspected of murder and Sugarpuss' testimony could put him away. Naive Professor Bertram Potts meets Miss O'Shea while researching an article on slang and in true romantic comedy fashion the two worlds collide. When Miss O'Shea hides out with Potts and his fellow professors, everyone learns something new: the professors how to cha-cha and Potts the meaning of "yum-yum"! Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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2 December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Professor and the Burlesque Queen  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lucille Ball was set to play Katherine 'Sugarpuss' O'Shea, but once producer Samuel Goldwyn found out that Barbara Stanwyck was available he gave her the part instead. See more »

Goofs

During the "Drumboogie" sequence, the black jazz trumpet soloist Roy Eldridge disappears from the band between shots. See more »

Quotes

Professor Bertram Potts: I've just finished my article on slang. Twenty-three pages compiled from a dozen reference books, eight hundred examples.
Prof. Robinson: Well?
Professor Bertram Potts: Everything from the idiotic combination of "absotively" to the pajorative use of "zigzag." I traced the evolution of "hunky-dory," tracked down "skidoo" from "skedaddle." Eight-hundred examples and I may as well throw it in the wastebasket. Three weeks work...
Prof. Robinson: You're hysterical.
Professor Bertram Potts: Outmoded... based on reference books twenty years old. Take "smooch," take "dish," take, uh...
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Gaudeamus Igitur
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Ball of fun.
29 November 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

Basically, this is a gangster version of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" Here "Snow White" is a night club singer faultlessly played by Barbara Stanwyck. The "evil witch" is the local police, out to haul her in because of tie-in to a gangster (Dana Andrews) The magic forest of course, is New York. The seven dwarfs are a group of introverted professors led by bookworm Gary Cooper.

The film ahs a wonderful screenplay by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett. (Sample dialog COP: How do you find a needle in a haystack? GANGSTER: Simple. Feed the hay to a horse, and X-Ray the horse.) Directed with zip by the great Howard Hawks.


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