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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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Cast

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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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Comedy | Romance

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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

Ginger Rogers was the original choice for Katherine 'Sugarpuss' O'Shea, but Rogers declined. See more »

Goofs

During the walk through central park, the camera shadow is visible on Professor Gurkakoff's torso. See more »

Quotes

Sugarpuss O'Shea: [jibing Betram for nervousness over his loosened tie] Oh, you know, one time I watched my big brother shave.
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Connections

References A Family Affair (1937) See more »

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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One of Barbara Stanwyck's best performances in a very funny film and role
24 January 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This film (remade in 1948 as a musical with Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo with the title, "A Song Is Born") is a hilarious vehicle for Barbara Stanwyck, who was nominated for Best Actress for her performance here. Anyone who has only seen Ms. Stanwyck in film noir such as "Double Indemnity" or in television's Big Valley should watch this or "Christmas In Connecticut" to see a fine comedic talent at work. She blows Gary Cooper off the screen! Most Recommended.


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