Ball of Fire

Ball of Fire

DVD - 2014
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Realizing they have to hear how real people talk, a group of lexicographers end up assisting a beautiful singer get away from the mob.

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Nursebob
Jul 13, 2018

With a screenplay by Billy Wilder and director Howard Hawks at the helm I expected more from what has been billed as one of the last “screwball comedies” of Hollywood’s golden era. But despite co-stars like Oskar Homolka as a jovial fellow professor, Dana Andrews as the bad guy, and Dan Duryea as his snivelling henchman there isn’t much to laugh at aside from Stanwyck’s quaintly archaic patois—her Oscar-nominated performance complimenting a cast of doddering academicians and overshadowing Cooper’s relentless monotone. The comparisons to "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" were nicely played however although a snide reference to Cooper’s role in "Sergeant York" would probably fly over most heads. The film ultimately succumbs to too much froth and too many implausible plot devices (what are the chances of THAT happening?! and THAT ?!) before it’s all tied up nice and neat with a closing kiss. A rather bland confection.

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Me_Tarzan
Jan 22, 2017

After patiently sitting through 1941's "Ball Of Fire" - I found that I could not believe that the likes of that total zero-charisma actor, Gary Cooper, was actually considered to be one of that era's top, male, Hollywood stars.

In my opinion - This drab, stuffy doofus (with his unconvincing performance) almost single-handedly brought this potentially promising (but decidedly contrived) Rom/Com (that involved a gangster's ho with a heart of gold) down a few, good notches by his dreary presence.

In fact - Upon watching "Ball Of Fire" - I've now made up my mind to avoid ever viewing another picture with the likes of this totally irksome lunkhead, Cooper, in it, ever-ever again.... Hey! I ain't kidding here.

Put plain and simple - Gary Cooper was utterly awful. He had absolutely no appealing screen-presence, whatsoever - (Unless, of course, you happen to like watching a clueless jughead who barely appears to be able to remember his lines)..... I'll bet you that this pathetic-excuse-for-a-leading-man actually required cue-cards in order to get himself through his roles.... (Sheesh!)

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swyckl
Aug 26, 2016

A singer, part of the mob, must hide from the police. She is street smart but not educated. She chooses a group of smart hermits as her hideaway. The hermits are educated, but not street smart. Her and the head hermit quietly fall in love. It is portrayed as a comedy. It is a little slow moving. You may enjoy it. It is not overly sexual or violent. Good for all ages.

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GingerKaren
Feb 01, 2011

A spoof on Snow White, the beauty is a burlesque queen who needs to find a safe house to get the heat off. And what could be safer than a group of stodgy professors? Except one of them isn't as stuck in the mud as he thinks when he experiences "yum-yum" with the alluring Barbara Stanwyck. Lots of snappy dialogue and tons of quirky situations that include a performance by Dana Andrews who play a hoodlum! There is a lot more going on here than some would have you believe.

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