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Ball of Fire (1941)

111 min - Comedy, Romance - 2 December 1941
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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 When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he ventures into the wide world to learn about the evolving language.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.

Director:  Howard Hawks
Stars:  Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, S.Z. Sakall, Henry Travers, Oskar Homolka, Tully Marshall, Leonid Kinskey, Richard Haydn, Aubrey Mather, Dana Andrews, Allen Jenkins, Elisha Cook Jr., Aldrich Bowker, Dan Duryea, Ralph Peters, Kathleen Howard, Mary Field, Charles Lane, Charles Arnt, Eddie Foster, Addison Richards, Pat West, Kenneth Howell, Tommy Ryan, Tim Ryan, Will Lee, Gene Krupa, George Barton, Walter Shumway, Doria Caron, Eddy Chandler, Ken Christy, Edward Clark, Pat Flaherty, George Sherwood, Otto Hoffman, Ethelreda Leopold, Lorraine Miller, Mildred Morris, Edward Mundy, Gerald Pierce, Francis Sayles, Helen Seamon, Bert Stevens, Russell Wade, Chalky Williams

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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 When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he ventures into the wide world to learn about the evolving language.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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Tagline: "I LOVE HIM because he doesn't know how to kiss -- THE JERK!"

Genres: Comedy, Romance

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Country:   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  2 December 1941

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Company Credits

Production Companies:  Samuel Goldwyn Company, The

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 51 min

Academy Award Nominations

ACTRESS — Barbara Stanwyck {“Sugarpuss O’Shea”}
MUSIC (Music Score of a Dramatic Picture) — Alfred Newman
SOUND RECORDING — Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department, Thomas T. Moulton, Sound Director
WRITING (Original Story) — Billy Wilder, Thomas Monroe


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