Ball of Fire

Barbara Stanwyck engages in some “hoi toi toi” with Gary Cooper behind the scenes of Ball of Fire (1942)

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Ball of Fire

Howard Hawks poses with co-stars Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck and Tully Marshall as one of the professors in Ball of Fire (1942).

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Gary Cooper and the professors are held hostage by Dan Duryea as Duke Pastrami while  benefactor Mary Field as Miss Totten tensely looks on in Ball of Fire (1942).

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ball1Ball of Fire is Howard Hawks’ 26th film

Ball of Fire premiered Dec 31, 1941 in Boston and Chicago and Jan 1, 1942 in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Barbara’s costume is altered for family audiences in this euro poster.

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Barbara Stanwyck is lead singer for Gene Krupa and his Orchestra in Ball of Fire (1942),  with her singing voice dubbed by Anita O’Day, Gene’s lead singer at the time.  Gene was arguably the greatest drummer of the big band era, gaining wide recognition and popularity with Benny Goodman in the 30s before leading his own orchestra.

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Ball of Fire (1942) is the second film with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.  They made Meet John Doe for Frank Capra in 1941.  After Gary was cast in Ball of Fire, producer Samuel Goldwyn and director Howard Hawks were looking for his co-star, considering Ginger Rogers and Lucille Ball among others.  It was Gary that suggested Barbara.

Barbara Stanwyck as Sugarpuss O’Shea in a publicity still for Ball of Fire (1942).  It was the only Best Actress Academy Award nomination in a Howard Hawks film.

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Barbara Stanwyck hides out from the feds with the eight professors working on an encyclopedia in Ball of Fire (1942)

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Gary Cooper as Prof. Potts and Allen Jenkins as the garbage collector looking for answers to the radio show Corn Crunchies Quiz Quiz in Ball of Fire (1942).

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Gary Cooper as Prof Bertram Potts in Ball of Fire (1942), Howard Hawks’ second film in a row with Gary Cooper, after three in a row with Cary Grant.