Status: ReleasedIMDb
Release date: 1941-12-31
Run time: 111 minute / 1:51
Director: Howard Hawks
Writers: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett.
Production Company: Samuel Goldwyn Productions
Production Country: United States of America

Ball of Fire

“I LOVE HIM because he doesn't know how to kiss—THE JERK!”

Categories: Comedy, Romance
A group of academics have spent years shut up in a house working on the definitive encyclopedia. When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he ventures into the wide world to learn about the evolving language. Here he meets Sugarpuss O’Shea, a nightclub singer, who’s on top of all the slang—and, it just so happens, needs a place to stay.

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Gary Cooper
as Professor Bertram Potts
Barbara Stanwyck
as Sugarpuss O’Shea
Oskar Homolka
as Prof. Gurkakoff
Henry Travers
as Prof. Jerome
S.Z. Sakall
as Prof. Magenbruch
Tully Marshall
as Prof. Robinson
Leonid Kinskey
as Prof. Quintana
Richard Haydn
as Prof. Oddly
Aubrey Mather
as Prof. Peagram
Allen Jenkins
as Garbage Man
Dana Andrews
as Joe Lilac
Dan Duryea
as Duke Pastrami
Ralph Peters
as Asthma Anderson
Kathleen Howard
as Miss Bragg
Mary Field
as Miss Totten
Charles Lane
as Larsen
Charles Arnt
as McNeary
Elisha Cook Jr.
as Waiter
Alan Rhein
as 'Horseface'
Eddie Foster
as Pinstripe
Aldrich Bowker
as Justice of the Peace
Addison Richards
as District Attorney
Pat West
as Bum
Kenneth Howell
as College Boy
Tommy Ryan
as Newsboy
Tim Ryan
as Motor Policeman
Will Lee
as “Benny — the Creep”
Gene Krupa
as Himself — Orchestra Leader
George Barton
as Garbage Man (uncredited)
Doria Caron
as Girl in Subway (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler
as Cop on Garbage Truck (uncredited)
Ken Christy
as Cop with Ms. Bragg (uncredited)
Edward Clark
as Motor Court Proprietor (uncredited)
Ruth Clifford
as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Yvonne Duval
as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Pat Flaherty
as Deputy (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman
as Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold
as Nursemaid at Park (uncredited)
Joyce Matthews
as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lorraine Miller
as Girl in Café (uncredited)
Patsy Moran
as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mildred Morris
as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Edward Mundy
as Spieler (uncredited)
Gerald Pierce
as Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Lynne Roberts
as Veiled Woman in Gene Krupa’s Audience (uncredited)
Francis Sayles
as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Helen Seamon
as College Girl (uncredited)
George Sherwood
as Deputy (uncredited)
Walter Shumway
as Garbage Man (uncredited)
Bert Stevens
as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Russell Wade
as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Chalky Williams
as Cop (uncredited)
Camera
Gregg Toland Director of Photography

Writing
Billy Wilder Screenplay
Billy Wilder Original Story

Editing
Daniel Mandell Editor

Directing
Howard Hawks Director

Costume & Make-Up
Edith Head Costume Design

Sound
Alfred Newman Original Music Composer

Writing
Charles Brackett Screenplay

Production
Samuel Goldwyn Producer

Art
Perry Ferguson Art Direction

Sound
Frank Maher Sound Engineer

Art
Howard Bristol Set Decoration

Directing
William Tummel Assistant Director

Writing
Thomas Monroe Original Story





















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