Ball of Fire

DVD - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Ball of Fire
Realizing they have to hear how real people talk, a group of lexicographers end up assisting a beautiful singer get away from the mob.

Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2007]
Branch Call Number: DVD Comedy BALL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in


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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.


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