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Ball of Fire (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 9 January 1942 (USA)
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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Prof. Gurkakoff (as Oscar Homolka)
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Prof. Magenbruch
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Prof. Robinson
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Prof. Quintana
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Prof. Oddly
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Prof. Peagram
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Garbage Man
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Joe Lilac
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Duke Pastrami
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Asthma Anderson
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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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"I LOVE HIM because he doesn't know how to kiss -- THE JERK!" See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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9 January 1942 (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

Although the picture did not have its official premiere until January 1942, it was eligible for 1941 Academy Award consideration, and is listed in most modern sources as a 1941 picture. See more »

Goofs

When Potts declares himself "mystified" at the slang he has heard, his arm changes position between shots. See more »

Quotes

Professor Bertram Potts: Is that coming from next door?
Miss Bragg: It's coming from this door.
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Soundtracks

Drum Boogie
(1941) (uncredited)
(Published as "Drumboogie")
Music and Lyrics by Roy Eldridge and Gene Krupa
Performed by Gene Krupa and His Orchestra
Sung by Barbara Stanwyck (dubbed by Martha Tilton)
Reprised by her and audience members
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Stanwyck is the Devil
15 April 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

A mixture of innocence and passion make up what Ball of Fire is about. At times, this is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with a giant ball of fire. Even for 1941, there are moments of sexy conduct that would make a modern day priest blush. Gry Cooper is the book worm as well as the snow white character. A 30 year old virgin professor, Cooper plays the role like he should, soft and quiet. Barbara Stanwyck, on the other hand, is as sexy as ever. Stanwyck had the reputation as the bad girl or the girl you do not bring home to mom. The two actors are exact opposite but in some way they fall for one another as the fairy tale has a happy ending. For the time period of World War 2, this is as good as it gets.


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