Ball of Fire

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Marvellous performance from Stanwyck, all snap, crackle and pop as the brassy nightclub entertainer Sugarpuss O'Shea who seeks refuge with seven crusty old professors (plus Cooper) to escape unwelcome attentions from a gangster, and whose vocabulary (not to mention charms) excite delighted wonderment in the professors since they have just reached 'Slang' in the encyclopaedia they are compiling. Rather surprisingly, Hawks slightly muffs the sequence in which the gangster and his aides get their comeuppance; otherwise his handling of the sparkling Brackett-Wilder script and its subversions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is pure joy.

By: TM


Release details

112 mins

Cast and crew

Howard Hawks
Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder
Gary Cooper
Barbara Stanwyck
Oscar Homolka
Henry Travers
Tully Marshall
Richard Haydn
SZ Sakall
Dana Andrews
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