Status: ReleasedIMDb
Release date: 1941-12-02
Run time: 111 minute / 1:51
Director: Howard Hawks
Writers: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder.
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 When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he ventures into the wide world to learn about the evolving language.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.


Gary Cooper
as Professor Bertram Potts
Barbara Stanwyck
as Sugarpuss O’Shea
S.Z. Sakall
as Prof. Magenbruch
Henry Travers
as Prof. Jerome
Oskar Homolka
as Prof. Gurkakoff
Tully Marshall
as Prof. Robinson
Leonid Kinskey
as Prof. Quintana
Richard Haydn
as Prof. Oddly
Aubrey Mather
as Prof. Peagram
Dana Andrews
as Joe Lilac
Allen Jenkins
as Garbage Man
Elisha Cook Jr.
as Waiter
Aldrich Bowker
as Justice of the Peace
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
Eddie Foster
as Pinstripe
Addison Richards
as District Attorney
Pat West
as Bum
Kenneth Howell
as College Boy
Tommy Ryan
as Newsboy
Tim Ryan
as Motor Cop
Will Lee
as “Benny — the Creep”
Gene Krupa
as Himself — Orchestra Leader
George Barton
as Garbage Man (uncredited)
Walter Shumway
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)
Pat Flaherty
as Deputy (uncredited)
George Sherwood
as Deputy (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman
as Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold
as Nursemaid at Park (uncredited)
Lorraine Miller
as Girl in Café (uncredited)
Mildred Morris
as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Edward Mundy
as Spieler (uncredited)
Gerald Pierce
as Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Francis Sayles
as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Helen Seamon
as College Girl (uncredited)
Bert Stevens
as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Russell Wade
as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Chalky Williams
as Cop (uncredited)
Lynne Roberts
as Veiled woman in Gene Krupa’s audience
Howard Hawks Director

Charles Brackett Screenplay
Billy Wilder Screenplay
Thomas Monroe Original Story

Costume & Make-Up
Edith Head Costume Design

Billy Wilder Original Story

Samuel Goldwyn Producer

Daniel Mandell Editor

Perry Ferguson Art Direction
Howard Bristol Set Decoration
Julia Heron Set Decoration

William Tummel Assistant Director

Frank Maher Sound Engineer

Gregg Toland Director of Photography

Costume & Make-Up
Mel Berns Makeup Artist

Earl Rettig Unit Production Manager

John Sherwood Assistant Director

Arthur Rosson Second Unit
Irving W. Sindler Property Master
McClure Capps Art Direction
James V. Murray Cinematography
David Buttolph Additional Music

Martha Tilton Additional Soundtrack

Nick Castle Choreographer

Alfred Newman Original Music Composer

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