Ball of Fire

Ball of Fire

DVD - 2007
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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.
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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ThomasJWhiting
Sep 29, 2016

GREAT 1941 screwball comedy film with fab Kathryn Stanwyck (at age 34) and tall, handsome Gary Cooper (at age 40).
The film involves a group of bachelor academics, led by Cooper) who haven't been directly involved in popular culture but are writing a contemporary 'encyclopedia'. When they meet the Stanwyck burlesque character who is involved with a mob boss, they become fascinated with her constant 'slang' talk and they decide to add slang analysis to their work.
It's lots of fun to hear the constant 40's slang 'Sugarpuss' Stanwyck character uses as she talks. What an entertaining film; yum, yum with lots of hoy-toy-toy!
This is the film that was later remade as 'A Song Is Born'. That film is quite good (and available from KCLS), but I can now understand why many people thinks it's weak compared to the original 'Ball of Fire'. I am glad I saw 'A Song is Born' first so I wouldn't have any comparison to weigh against it. And now I'm glad I've also seen the original.
I do recommend seeing 'A Song is Born' first, and then 'Ball of Fire' later to maximize your entertainment, um, dollar, buck, dough, bread, tamales, scratch, moolah, cheddar, smackers, simoleons, ducats, and spondulix.
And here's a fun slang-infested blurb by one of the other characters:
“Well, I certainly am obliged to ya. I could use a bundle a scratch right now on account of I met me a mouse last week. What a pair o’gams! A little in, a little out, and a little more out. Well, with this dish on my hands and them given out twenty five smackaroos on that quizzola…we’ll be stubbin’, me and the smooch – I mean the dish – I mean the mouse. You know, hit the jiggles for a little Rhumboogie? Brother, we’re gonna have some hoy-toy-toy!”

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Monolith
Oct 18, 2015

Really very funny and quaint. The talent is just bursting at the seams here: Hawks, Wilder, Cooper, Stanwyck, Andrews, Duryea, and The Seven Dwarfs.

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garycornell
Sep 18, 2014

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!

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forever_ice17
Mar 19, 2014

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.

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ncs1961
Jul 26, 2012

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.

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