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Ball of Fire [DVD] [1942] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, German
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305047510
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,861 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Before she appeared in a string of mawkish melodramas, Barbara Stanwyck starred in several sterling comedies. Among the best is Ball of Fire from star director Howard Hawks, based on a screenplay by director-in-the-making Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett.
Stanwyck plays a nightclub singer whose snappy street-slang attracts the attention of bookish encyclopedia editor Gary Cooper and his aged bachelor collegues, who devote their lives to compiling the perfect encyclopedia. At first they are just professionally interested in her, but soon she charms the old fogeys into letting her hide from the cops (and her gangster boyfriend)in their mansion.
At first she resents her forced stay, but eventually she falls for the charm and honesty of bookworm Gary Cooper, who realizes there's more to life than books.

Sounds corny? Believe me, it's anything but! Stanwyck is simply scorching as the wisecracking "tart with a heart" and the story is both amusing and heartwarming.
If you like well-written comedies with a heart, this one won't disappoint.
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Howard Hawks made this "screwball" comedy in 1941. It followed in the wake of Twentieth Century, Bringing up Baby and His Girl Friday and merely consolidated the directors reputation as the finest in this genre. It's success is in no small way attributable to the performances of Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck as the adorable Sugarpuss.

It's less hard-boiled than His Girl Friday, but has enough charm to delight even the most severe critic with it's obvious nod in the direction of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The contribution of the rest of the seven dwarfs, particularly Oscar Homolka, Henry Travers and Richard Haydn help to ensure that Ball of Fire will continue be enjoyed by viewers for decades to come.

Thanks for them all Howard.
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I enjoyed this - I'm usually appreciative of anything by Howard Hawks. Barbara Stanwyck is excellent, she had an extraordinary year in 1941, playing for three of the greatest directors: Hawks in this, Capra in John Doe and Preston Sturges in The Lady Eve. She does a similar job on Gary Cooper in this movie to the one she did on Fonda in Eve. It only gets four stars because of Cooper - I always think he's a bit wooden! The old men are funny and if you're a baby boomer like me you will recognise the voice of the delivery man from a 60's cartoon cat TV series! Recommended!
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A group of 8 professors have spent a load of Miss Totten's (Mary Field) cash writing an encyclopedia and now they are under pressure to finish the blasted thing. Professor Potts (Gary Cooper) goes off to research some slang and meets up with Sugarpuss (Barbara Stanwyck) who is wanted by the police in order to bring a murder charge against her gangster boyfriend Joe (Dana Andrews). She shows up at the lodgings that the professors are sharing with the help of a couple of Joe's henchmen - Pastrami (Dan Duryea) and Anderson (Ralph Peters) - in order to hideout. She bides her time, having fun with the old codgers before it's time to make her move and link up with Joe. However, Professor Potts is under the impression that she is going to marry him and has no idea of her intended plan to marry Joe instead. The gangsters and the professors meet for a showdown and there can only be one winner....

The film is a comedy that is drawn-out in several sequences and has a tedious sentimental segment at a dinner table that loses the audience's attention. The cast are mainly good - especially Stanwyck, Andrews and Duryea - and a mention must also go to the very likable Allen Jenkins who plays the garbage man. He's really "Officer Dibble" as always. Against these good performances are the numpty professors and the landlady Kathleen Howard, with an actually terrible performance from Richard Haydn as one of the professors. If you can't work out which professor he is then you have serious problems. He is DREADFUL with an atrocious comedy voice that fails to register a smile. A real weak link.
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Stanwyck can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned.A great fun film with all those wonderfulcharacter actors who have been replaced by whizz bang effects which are boooooring!!
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excellent service plus excellent film
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1st class all round
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