Ball of Fire

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"“I LOVE HIM because he doesn't know how to kiss—THE JERK!”"
  • NR
  • 1941
  • 1 hr 52 min
  • 7.7  (13,702)
  • 78

In 1941, “Ball of Fire” hit the big screen with an incredible cast. Directed by Howard Hawks, this movie stars Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, and Oskar Homolka. The film follows a group of scholars who are working on an encyclopedia. However, when they encounter nightclub singer Sugarpuss O'Shea (Stanwyck), their work takes a back seat in this screwball romantic comedy.

Gary Cooper plays Professor Bertram Potts, the brains of the group. He is a bookworm obsessed with words and their meanings. He leads the team of scholars as they research and write the encyclopedia. Potts decides to start working on slang words and goes to a nightclub to learn more about the subject. This is where he meets Sugarpuss O'Shea, a nightclub singer who is on the run from the police. She is using the nightclub as a hideout and the police are after her.

Sugarpuss is not interested in telling Potts anything until he offers to hide her in his house out of the goodness of his heart. Potts makes the offer, but his colleagues are unaware of the situation. Sugarpuss agrees to his offer, and Potts's bookish world is turned upside down.

As the other scholars begin to notice Potts's strange behavior, they become concerned about his safety. Sugarpuss is now living in their house, which causes chaos and upheaval. Eventually, Sugarpuss's true identity is revealed, and Potts and his group of scholars are caught up in the mayhem that follows.

Throughout the film, witty dialogue abounds, and there is a back and forth between the characters, which is incredibly entertaining. This is especially true between Cooper and Stanwyck. The chemistry between them was palpable, and it is evident in every scene they share. The dialogue is fast-paced, and the humor is on point, making this film a true classic.

As the story unfolds, we see Potts and Sugarpuss bonding over their shared love of words. It is a sweet and enjoyable moment in the movie. Sugarpuss begins to open up to Potts, and we see a softer side of her that was hidden at the beginning of the film.

Overall, “Ball of Fire” is a classic screwball romantic comedy that will leave you laughing out loud. The chemistry between Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck is incredible, and the witty dialogue keeps the audience entertained throughout the film. The story is well thought out, and the characters are well developed, ensuring that the audience becomes fully invested in their lives.

Hawks's direction maintains the tone of the comedic story, and the cast brings to life the characters, making this movie a must-see. It is no wonder that it is considered a classic in the realm of romantic comedies.

In conclusion, “Ball of Fire” is a delightful and engaging comedy. It is filled with clever dialogue and well-rounded characters that the audience can connect with. The chemistry between Cooper and Stanwyck is electric, and the supporting cast is equally as entertaining. It is a film that has stood the test of time and remains a classic in the romantic comedy genre.

Ball of Fire is a 1941 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 52 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.7 and a MetaScore of 78.

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    1 hr 52 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (13,702)
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