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Ball of Fire (1941) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Samuel Goldwyn.

Academy Awards 1941 --- Ceremony Number 14 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressBarbara StanwyckNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlfred NewmanNominated
Best WritingBilly Wilder, Thomas MonroeNominated

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COMEDY GOLD #11: The conga from Ball of Fire (1941)

By Carol Martinheira on Jan 16, 2019 From The Old Hollywood Garden

COMEDY GOLD #11: The conga from Ball of Fire (1941) On January 16, 2019January 16, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized Ball of Fire (dir. Howard Hawks, 1941) seems to be one of those movies that everybody loves. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s sweet, it’s roma... Read full article

Ball of Fire (1942)

By Cameron on Jul 12, 2017 From The Blonde At The Film

via: ?Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own. This charming film was written by two of the best, Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, and directed by a master of the genre, Howard Hawks. The talent onscreen is just as formidable ... Read full article

Screening of "Ball of Fire" at Daystar Center June 10

By Stephen Reginald on Jun 6, 2017 From Classic Movie Man

Screening of "Ball of Fire" at Daystar Center June 10 “Stanwyck on State Street” Series: Ball of Fire (1941) Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street When: June 10, 2017 Time: 6:45 p.m. Hosted by Stephen Reginald New York Showgirl Sugarpuss O’Shea (Barbara Stanwyck) needs ... Read full article

The Nerdiest Scene Ever: Encyclopedia Writers Trumping Gangsters in Ball of Fire

By Judy on May 16, 2015 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

This post is part of the?My Favorite Classic Movie Blogathon?in celebration of?National Classic Movie Day?(May 16th). Click?here?to view the schedule listing all the great posts. Nerd alert: I used to sit in the basement, reading my parents? World Books for fun. I think it started with A Tale of Tw... Read full article

Classic Films in Focus: BALL OF FIRE (1941)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jan 22, 2015 From Virtual Virago

In Howard Hawks' Ball of Fire (1941), Barbara Stanwyck turns her tough dame persona to comedic purpose, a feat she also performed that year in the Preston Sturges comedy, The Lady Eve (1941). Both are terrific examples of the screwball genre, but while the Sturges picture relies on biblical allusion... Read full article

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Duke Pastrami: [Giving Sugarpuss O'Shea a message from Joe Lilac] He sends ya' a love message. He says to tell ya' he gets more bang outta' you than any dame he ever knew.

Sugarpuss O'Shea: I love him because he's the kind of guy who gets drunk on a glass of buttermilk, and I love the way he blushes right up over his ears. I love him because he doesn't know how to kiss, the jerk!

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. He looks like a giraffe, and I love him.

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In the scene where Pastrami and Asthma have the professors hostage in the library, the gunmen begin shooting at random items. One gunman (Pastrami) says, "I saw me a picture last week," and proceeds to lick his thumb and then rubs it on the sight of his gun. This is a reference to star Gary Cooper's previous movie Sergeant York in which York uses this as a technique to improve his marksmanship.
Lucille Ball was set to play Katherine 'Sugarpuss' O'Shea, but once producer Samuel Goldwyn found out that Barbara Stanwyck was available he gave her the part instead.
The roles of the seven professors (besides Gary Cooper) were inspired by Disney's Seven Dwarfs. There is even a photograph showing the actors sitting in front of a Disney poster, each one in front of his corresponding dwarf: S.Z. Sakall - Dopey; Leonid Kinskey - Sneezy; Richard Haydn - Bashful; Henry Travers - Sleepy; Aubrey Mather - Happy; Tully Marshall - Grumpy, and Oskar Homolka - Doc.
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