Ball Of Fire

Title: Ball Of Fire
Category: Comedy
Format: B/W
Run Time: 111 minutes
Released by: RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Year: 1941
Director: Howard Hawks
Producer: Samuel Goldwyn
Screenplay: Charles Brackett/Billy Wilder
  1. Available on DVD as; HBO Home Video DVD: Ball Of Fire (1998)
  2. Also available on DVD as; Warner Home Video DVD: Ball Of Fire (2014)
Gary Cooper as Professor Bertram Potts
Barbara Stanwyck as Sugarpuss O’Shea
Oskar Homolka as Professor Gurkakoff (as Oscar Homolka)
Henry Travers as Professor Jerome
S.Z. Sakall as Professor Magenbruch
Tully Marshall as Professor Robinson
Leonid Kinskey as Professor Quintana
Richard Haydn as Professor Oddly
Aubrey Mather as Professor Peagram
Gene Krupa as Gene Krupa and His Orchestra
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 (as Elisha Cook)
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 Cop
Will Lee as Benny, the Creep
Professor Bertram Potts is the youngest of eight bookish academics assembling a dictionary of slang. They find a perfect “research associate” in the curvaceous form of strip-tease dancer Kathryn “Sugar Puss” O’Shea, who has hidden out at the professors’ domicile to escape Joe Lilac, her gangster boyfriend. As Sugar Puss interprets various slang expressions, she and the professors grow quite fond of one another. She brings their personalities out from under their collegiate facades, while they revive her essential decency and genial womanhood. When Joe and his enforcer Duke Pastrami show up to claim Kathryn, the professors save the day.