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Ball of Fire


Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers View All


Billy Wilder (Screenplay), Howard Hawks (Director), Charles Brackett (Screenplay) View All

Release: Dec. 2nd, 1941
Runtime: 1 hour, 51 minutes
A group of academics have spent years shut up in a house working on the definitive encyclopedia. When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he ventures into the wide world to learn about the evolving language. Here he meets Sugarpuss O’Shea, a nightclub singer, who’s on top of all the slang—and, it just so happens, needs a place to stay.
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On the surface, the film might seem like a live action re-thinking of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but you know with Barbara Stanwyck playing her, this girl is no Snow White and it is Stanwyck's vivacious, Oscar-nominated performance on which this entire goofy premise hangs.