Ball of Fire
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Ball of Fire

111 min
Comedy | Romance
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Howard Hawks
Nominated for 4 Oscars.
Country: USA
Release Date: 1941-12-02
Filming Locations: Samuel Goldwyn Studios - 7200 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, California, USA
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Ball of Fire
Gary Cooper
Prof. Bertram Potts
Oskar Homolka
Prof. Gurkakoff
Henry Travers
Prof. Jerome
S.Z. Sakall
Prof. Magenbruch
Tully Marshall
Prof. Robinson
Leonid Kinskey
Prof. Quintana
Richard Haydn
Prof. Oddly
Aubrey Mather
Prof. Peagram
Allen Jenkins
Garbage Man
Dana Andrews
Joe Lilac
Dan Duryea
Duke Pastrami
Ralph Peters
Asthma Anderson
Kathleen Howard
Miss Bragg
Mary Field
Miss Totten
Charles Lane
Charles Arnt
Elisha Cook Jr.
Waiter (as Elisha Cook)
Alan Rhein
Eddie Foster
Aldrich Bowker
Justice of the Peace
Addison Richards
District Attorney
Pat West
Kenneth Howell
College Boy
Tommy Ryan
Tim Ryan
Motor Cop
Will Lee
'Benny - the Creep'
Gene Krupa and His Orchestra
(as Gene Krupa and his Orchestra)
Roy Eldridge
Gene Krupa
Himself - Orchestra Leader
George Barton
Garbage Man (uncredited)
Doria Caron
Girl in Subway (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler
Cop on Garbage Truck (uncredited)
Ken Christy
Cop with Ms. Bragg (uncredited)
Edward Clark
Motor Court Proprietor (uncredited)
Chet De Vito
Tollkeeper (uncredited)
Geraldine Fissette
Hula Dancer (uncredited)
Pat Flaherty
Deputy (uncredited)
Catherine Henderson
College Girl (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman
Stage Doorman (uncredited)
June Horne
Nursemaid at Park (uncredited)
Merrillee Lannon
Girl in Subway (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold
Nursemaid at Park (uncredited)
Hal McIntyre
Saxaphonist (uncredited)
Lorraine Miller
Girl in Café (uncredited)
Mildred Morris
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Edward Mundy
Spieler (uncredited)
Gerald Pierce
Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Francis Sayles
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Helen Seamon
College Girl (uncredited)
George Sherwood
Deputy (uncredited)
Walter Shumway
Garbageman (uncredited)
Bert Stevens
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Russell Wade
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Chalky Williams
Cop (uncredited)
Did you know?
Lucille Ball was set to play Katherine 'Sugarpuss' O'Shea, but once producer Samuel Goldwyn found out that Barbara Stanwyck was available he gave her the part instead.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 1, 1942 with Barbara Stanwyck reprising her film role.
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Producer Samuel Goldwyn promised director Billy Wilder a $10,000 bonus if Ball of Fire (1941) became a box office hit. When the movie was released in theaters, it was an instant success. One day, Wilder stopped by Samuel Goldwyn's office and asked for his $10,000 bonus. But Goldwyn flew into a rage. "You Hungarian thief!" he shouted at Wilder. "I never promised any such thing! Get out of here!" Wilder left the office, furious. But that night, Goldwyn's wife, Helen, awoke to find him pacing the floor of their bedroom. "I've just remembered that Wilder was right," Goldwyn told her. "I *did* promise him a $10,000 bonus." "What are you going to do?" asked Helen. "What *can* I do?" Goldwyn replied. "I'm going to sit down here and write Wilder a check for $5,000!"
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During the "Drumboogie" sequence, the black jazz trumpet soloist Roy Eldridge disappears from the band between shots.
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During the walk through central park, the camera shadow is visible on Professor Gurkakoff's torso.
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In the car fleeing the nightclub: Sugarpuss O'Shea holds up Professor Potts's calling card to read it. Then the camera angle goes to a close-up of the card, with her fingers holding it around the four corners of the card, but the position of the fingers in the close-up shot do not at all match the way she is holding the card in the previous "long" shot.
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Sugarpuss O'Shea: Richard ill. Who's Richard ill?
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Professor Bertram Potts: We're working under pressure. After nine years of effort, we are, as the race track enthusiast might say, in the home stretch. Three more years and our encyclopedia will be finished. Let's not bog down in the middle of the letter S.
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Sugarpuss O'Shea: [examining the professors' books] Oh, "Greek philosophy!" I got a set like this with a radio inside.
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What was the title of Howard Hawks' musical remake of this film?
Ball of Fire's director, Howard Hawks, remade the film as A Song is Born," starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo, and featuring the Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras.
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Barbara Stanwyck
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