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Ball of Fire

2 Ratings: 4.0
Classics and Westerns movie

Offering a screwball twist on the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, this delightful comedy has grown dated since its release in 1941, but that only adds to its everlasting charm. Written by the ace screenwriting team of Billy Wilder and Charles … see full wiki

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Genre: Classics, Western
1 review about Ball of Fire

The professor and the showgirl

  • Apr 17, 2011
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+4
Barbara Stanwyck struts her stuff and steals the show in Ball of Fire. Born Ruby Stevens in Brooklyn, she was right at home in the role of sexy New York nightclub performer Sugarpuss O'Shea. Unaware that she's trying to evade her gangster boyfriend (Dana Andrews), a coalition of straight laced academics enlists her aid in compiling an dictionary of slang. Try as he might, Professor Bertram Potts (Gary Cooper at his longest and leanest) cannot resist her charms; considering that this was made in 1940, Stanwyck was HOT. Those legs!! (Betty Grable had nothing on her.) She also brings a much needed breath of fresh air into the house. When the gangsters track her down and abduct her to (where else?) New Jersey, this stodgy group of bachelors takes them on.

Based on a short story by Billy Wilder, and directed by Howard Hawks, this "screwball comedy" holds up more than 70 years after its initial screening. The entire premise is somewhat dated, but the witty dialog and the farcical portrayals of the professors and hoods, with their ridiculous names (Duke Pastrami? Larsen the Lawyer?), are just as funny today. My favorite scene takes place in the nightclub where Sugarpuss, spectacularly accompanied by Gene Krupa and his orchestra, sings "Drum Boogie." My second favorite involves the interior and exterior of a moving garbage truck.

 Never mind that Stanwyck's singing voice was dubbed, it doesn't show. Never mind that Sugarpuss and Bertram have absolutely nothing in common. This entire film is delightfully, engagingly absurd.
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April 17, 2011
Better legs than Grable? This I gotta see. Thanks for the review!
 
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