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A group of professors working on a new encyclopedia encounter a mouthy nightclub singer who is wanted by the police to help bring down her mob boss lover.

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Prof. Bertram Potts
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Sugarpuss O'Shea
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Prof. Gurkakoff (as Oscar Homolka)
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Prof. Jerome
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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
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Miss Totten
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Larsen
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McNeary
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Waiter (as Elisha Cook)
Alan Rhein ...
'Horseface'
Eddie Foster ...
Pinstripe
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Justice of the Peace
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District Attorney
Pat West ...
Bum
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College Boy
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Newsboy
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Motor Cop
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Benny, the Creep
Gene Krupa and His Orchestra ...
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Barton ...
Garbage Man (uncredited)
Doria Caron ...
Girl in Subway (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ...
Cop on Garbage Truck (uncredited)
Ken Christy ...
Cop with Ms. Bragg (uncredited)
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Motor Court Proprietor (uncredited)
Chet De Vito ...
Tollkeeper (uncredited)
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Trumpeter (uncredited)
Geraldine Fissette ...
Hula Dancer (uncredited)
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Deputy (uncredited)
Laura Gile ...
date of Gary Cooper (uncredited)
Catherine Henderson ...
College Girl (uncredited)
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Stage Doorman (uncredited)
June Horne ...
Nursemaid at Park (uncredited)
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Gene Krupa - Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Merrillee Lannon ...
Girl in Subway (uncredited)
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Nursemaid at Park (uncredited)
Hal McIntyre ...
Saxaphonist (uncredited)
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Girl in Café (uncredited)
Mildred Morris ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Edward Mundy ...
Spieler (uncredited)
Gerald Pierce ...
Delivery Boy (uncredited)
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Veiled woman in Gene Krupa's audience (uncredited)
Francis Sayles ...
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Helen Seamon ...
College Girl (uncredited)
George Sherwood ...
Deputy (uncredited)
Walter Shumway ...
Garbageman (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ...
Cop (uncredited)

Directed by

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Howard Hawks

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Charles Brackett ... (screen play) and
Billy Wilder ... (screen play)
 
Billy Wilder ... (from an original story by) and
Thomas Monroe ... (from an original story by)

Produced by

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Samuel Goldwyn ... producer

Music by

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Alfred Newman

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Gregg Toland ... (photography)

Film Editing by

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Daniel Mandell

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Perry Ferguson

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Howard Bristol ... (set decorations)
Julia Heron ... (uncredited)

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Mel Berns ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Earl Rettig ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William Tummel ... assistant director
Marty Moss ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Arthur Rosson ... second unit director (uncredited)
John Sherwood ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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McClure Capps ... associate art director
Irving W. Sindler ... property master (uncredited)

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Frank Maher ... sound technician
Thomas T. Moulton ... sound recordist (uncredited)

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James V. Murray ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Edith Head ... costumes: Miss Stanwyck

Music Department

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David Buttolph ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Martha Tilton ... singing voice: Barbara Stanwyck (uncredited)

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Samuel Goldwyn ... presenter
Nick Castle ... dance director (uncredited)
Jack Pollack ... supervising publicist (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines "I LOVE HIM because he doesn't know how to kiss -- THE JERK!" See more »
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Also Known As
  • Boule de feu (France)
  • Wirbelwind der Liebe (Germany)
  • Bola de foc (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Bola de fuego (Spain)
  • Mingea de foc (Romania)
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  • 111 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Kathleen Howard was left with a fractured jaw when the punch that Barbara Stanwyck threw accidentally made contact. Stanwyck was reportedly mortified by the incident. See more »
Goofs During the "Drum Boogie" sequence, the black jazz trumpet soloist Roy Eldridge disappears from the band between shots. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Une histoire seule (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Sweet Genevieve See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: Once upon a time - in 1941 to be exact - there lived in a great, tall forest - called New York - eight men who were writing an encyclopedia. They were so wise they knew everything: the depth of the oceans, and what makes a glowworm glow, and what tune Nero fiddles while Rome was burning. But there was one thing about which they knew very little - as you will see . . . See more »
Quotes Sugarpuss O'Shea: [about Potts] Yes, I love him. I love those hick shirts he wears with the boiled cuffs and the way he always has his vest buttoned wrong. Looks like a giraffe, and I love him. I love him because he's the kind of a guy that gets drunk on a glass of buttermilk, and I love the way he blushes right up over his ears. Love him because he doesn't know how to kiss, the jerk!
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