Ball of Fire

(DVD - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Ball of Fire

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Realizing they have to hear how real people talk, a group of lexicographers end up assisting a beautiful singer get away from the mob.
Title: Ball of fire
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2007]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: [presented by] Samuel Goldwyn ; produced by Samuel Goldwyn ; screen play by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder ; directed by Howard Hawks
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1941
From an original story by Billy Wilder and Thomas Monroe
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At head of spine title: Samuel Goldwyn presents
At head of title: Samuel Goldwyn presents Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck in
Summary: Realizing they have to hear how real people talk, a group of lexicographers end up assisting a beautiful singer get away from the mob.
Branch Call Number: DVD Comedy BALL
Performers: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck.
System Details: DVD, region 1, full screen (1.37:1) presentation; Dolby Digital stereo., Dolby Digital mono., single layer, NTSC
Other Language: English (Dolby stereo., Dolby mono.) and Spanish (Dolby mono.) dialogue; English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Cantantes Teatro. bidex Eruditos Teatro. bidex Man-woman relationships Drama Burlesque (Theater) Drama Women singers Drama Scholars Drama Lexicographers Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Film adaptations
Romantic comedy films
Feature films
Topical Term: Cantantes
Man-woman relationships
Burlesque (Theater)
Women singers
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Men studying modern word usage find a treasure trove of idiom in singer Barbara Stanwyck. Unfortunately, this is the only item in our collection with the subject heading 'Lexicographers — Drama.'

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Sep 18, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Don't let the DVD box cover confuse you. This is a wonderful comedy with Gary Cooper as Professor Bertram Potts who has the responsibility to hide Barbara Stanywck as Sugarpuss O'Shea. Who is she hiding from? Well none other than mobsters by the names of Joe Lilac (Dana Andrews) and Duke Pastrami (Dan Duryea). I don't think of either Cooper and Stanywck as comic actors, but under the direction of Howard Hawks it all works out. The movie was so popular in 1941 that Howard Hawks remade it as a musical with Danny Kaye called "A Song is Born". You won't regret this choice!

Mar 19, 2014
  • forever_ice17 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a film that picks you up and warms you up with a lot of laughs. IT is hilarious and really adorable. A take of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Ball of Fire has a superb cast and great dialogue. Gary Cooper is adorable as the the professor who falls for Stanwyck's character. I loved it form beginning to end.

Dec 17, 2012
  • ncs1961 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Playful banter, sexy music, lots of familiar faces -- make some popcorn and have some fun! "Where do I know that old professor from?" Barbara and Gary make a good team ... and a good set up for a part two.

Feb 01, 2011
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A spoof on Snow White, the beauty is a burlesque queen who needs to find a safe house to get the heat off. And what could be safer than a group of stodgy professors? Except one of them isn't as stuck in the mud as he thinks when he experiences "yum-yum" with the alluring Barbara Stanwyck. Lots of snappy dialogue and tons of quirky situations that include a performance by Dana Andrews who play a hoodlum! There is a lot more going on here than some would have you believe.

Jan 19, 2011
  • cassini rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A precursor of TV's Big Bang Theory, in that a hot woman hangs out with a group of nerdy men.


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Jan 19, 2011
  • cassini rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Make no mistake, I shall regret the absence of your keen mind; unfortunately, it is inseparable from an extremely disturbing body.


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Feb 15, 2011
  • cassini rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A regular yum-yum type

Professor Potts tries to evict Miss O'Shea because she is distracting the encyclopedists from their work, but he gets distracted himself.

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