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
In the car fleeing the nightclub: Sugarpuss O'Shea holds up Professor Potts's calling card to read it. Then the camera angle goes to a close-up of the card, with her fingers holding it around the four corners of the card, but the position of the fingers in the close-up shot do not at all match the way she is holding the card in the previous "long" shot. See more »
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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