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

Gary Cooper , Barbara Stanwyck , Howard Hawks    DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers, S.Z. Sakall
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Writers: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, Thomas Monroe
  • Producers: Samuel Goldwyn
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 22 May 2007
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NIBUT4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,873 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Stanwyck sizzles like a fireball 19 Jan 2010
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Howard does it again! 19 Nov 2009
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Did not quite catch alight! 15 Jan 2013
By Stephen
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
By nemo
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great film great service
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