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Ball of Fire (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 2 December 1941 (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
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

Rosemary La Planche, Miss America of 1941, reportedly was signed for a role, but her appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. 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: Huh! A little sun on my hair and you had to water your neck.
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Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Genevieve
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
Performed a cappella by the professors
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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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