Ball of Fire
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Sexy wisecracking nightclub singer Sugarpuss O'Shea is a hot tomato who needs to be kept on ice: mobster boyfriend Joe Lilac is suspected of murder and Sugarpuss' testimony could put him away. Naive Professor Bertram Potts meets Miss O'Shea while researching an article on slang and in true romantic comedy fashion the two worlds collide. When Miss O'Shea hides out with Potts and his fellow professors everyone learns something new: the professors how to cha-cha and Potts the meaning of "yum-yum"!System Requirements:Run Time: 111 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: WESTERN/MISC. Rating: NR UPC: 027616075161 Manufacturer No: M107518
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they made classic film after film.
Hawks directs and Wilder writes, and this film works on every level.
The writing is sharp, and paced perfectly with Hawk's direction.
Both of these titans have a keen sense of physical comedy. (which is unfortunately lacking in film-making today.)
The black and white cinematography is beautiful and fresh, no quick edits, no cheap two shots. Fluidity at its finest.
Stanwyck is beautiful in this film. She is the character, you never see her 'act'. She is magnetic.
Cooper and the supporting cast are incredible as well.
DVD looks great, great transfer.
For anyone that admires great American cinema, the film is a real treat.
Barbara Stanwyck is very attractive and believable as a jaded showgirl putting one over on the professors while trying to avoid both her gangster beau and the cops. Wilder's keen talent for managing details is apparent in the professors' banter. This is a very clever comedy that's full of surprises and respects its audience's intelligence - would that more movies were this well-directed!
A little note - this is a bare-bones DVD, with no extra features. So I'll explain a little joke that may confuse many viewers. In one scene, a gangster quips "I saw a picture last week," as he slides his thumb across the sights of his pistol and fires off a round at a lamp. He's referring to a Western starring James Cagney that had played the week before "Ball of Fire" opened, in which Cagney did that same gesture. The first audience to see this would have caught the joke; later audiences just didn't get it.
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