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Ball of Fire (2-Dec-1941)

Director: Howard Hawks

Writers: Charles Brackett; Thomas Monroe; Billy Wilder

Music: Alfred Newman

Producer: Samuel Goldwyn

Keywords: Romantic Comedy

Professors compiling an encyclopedia realize that don't know any current slang; trolling nightclubs, Prof. Potts finds Katherine "Sugarpuss" O'Shea, who certainly does know slang but she also has mob connections. O'Shea uses this lexicographic opportunity to hide and dodge a subpoena. Received Oscar nominations for Best Actress, Best Original Story, Best Sound recording and Best Dramatic Score.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Dana Andrews
Actor
1-Jan-1909 17-Dec-1992 The Best Years of Our Lives
Charles Arnt
Actor
20-Aug-1906 6-Aug-1990 Remember the Night
Elisha Cook, Jr.
Actor
26-Dec-1903 18-May-1995 The Maltese Falcon
Gary Cooper
Actor
7-May-1901 14-May-1961 High Noon
Dan Duryea
Actor
23-Jan-1907 7-Jun-1968 The Little Foxes
Roy Eldridge
Jazz Musician
30-Jan-1911 26-Feb-1989 Swing-era jazz trumpeter
Richard Haydn
Actor
10-Mar-1905 25-Apr-1985 The Sound of Music
Oskar Homolka
Actor
12-Aug-1898 27-Jan-1978 Sabotage
Allen Jenkins
Actor
9-Apr-1900 20-Jul-1974 American character actor
Gene Krupa
Drummer
15-Jan-1909 16-Oct-1973 Pioneering drummer
Charles Lane
Actor
26-Jan-1905 9-Jul-2007 Grumpy character actor
Tully Marshall
Actor
13-Apr-1864 10-Mar-1943 The Covered Wagon
Addison Richards
Actor
20-Oct-1887 22-Mar-1964 American character actor
S. Z. Sakall
Actor
2-Feb-1884 12-Feb-1955 Casablanca
Barbara Stanwyck
Actor
16-Jul-1907 20-Jan-1990 Double Indemnity
Henry Travers
Actor
5-Mar-1874 18-Oct-1965 It's a Wonderful Life

CAST

Gary Cooper   ...   Prof. Bertram Potts
Barbara Stanwyck   ...   Sugarpuss O'Shea
With
Oskar Homolka   ...   Prof. Gurkakoff
Dana Andrews   ...   Joe Lilac
Dan Duryea   ...   Duke Pastrami
Henry Travers   ...   Prof. Jerome
S. Z. Sakall   ...   Prof. Magenbruch
Tully Marshall   ...   Prof. Robinson
Leonid Kinskey   ...   Prof. Quintana
Richard Haydn   ...   Prof. Oddly
Aubrey Mather   ...   Prof. Peagram
Allen Jenkins   ...   Garbage Man
and
Gene Krupa   ...   himself
and His Orchestra   ...   Orchestra
Ralph Peters   ...   Asthma Anderson
Kathleen Howard   ...   Miss Bragg
Mary Field   ...   Miss Totten
Charles Lane   ...   Larsen
Charles Arnt   ...   McNeary
Elisha Cook, Jr.   ...   Waiter
Alan Rhein   ...   Horseface
Eddie Foster   ...   Pinstripe
Aldrich Bowker   ...   Justice of the Peace
Addison Richards   ...   District Attorney
Pat West   ...   Bum
Kenneth Howell   ...   College Boy
Tommy Ryan   ...   Newsboy
Tim Ryan   ...   Motor Cop
Will Lee   ...   Benny, the Creep

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