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The back of this publicity still for Ball of Fire (1942) reads

P-184.

TWO FOR TEA – Four o’clock is the tea time on Samuel Goldwyn’s “Ball of Fire” set and the time when the players invite their friends to visit the set.  Here Walter Huston, who is not in the cast, drops in on Gary Cooper, who co-stars in the comedy of a professor and a strip-teaser with Barbara Stanwyck.

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behind the scenes of Ball of Fire (1942) with Howard Hawks and Barbara Stanwyck in costume as Sugarpuss O’Shea.

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Barbara Stanwyck gives the professors an impromptu dance lesson in Ball of Fire (1942)

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Barbara Stanwyck in a nightclub scene with Gene Krupa and His Orchestra, lip synching Drum Boogie in Ball of Fire (1942).  Anita O’Day, lead singer with Krupa at the time, provided the vocals.

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foreign flyer for Ball of Fire (1942).

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A 20th century take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Ball of Fire (1942), written by Billy Wilder and directed by Howard Hawks.

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foreign poster for Ball of Fire (1942)

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rear projection with Barbara Stanwyck and the professors behind the scenes of Ball of Fire (1942).

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Gary Cooper is about to get a demonstration of “yum yum” from Barbara Stanwyck in an original publicity still for Ball of Fire (1942)

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Barbara Stanwyck poses in a publicity still for Ball of Fire (1942).

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Howard Hawks poses with his stars of Ball of Fire (1942), Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.  Barbara received an Oscar nomination for her performance as Sugarpuss O’Shea, the only Oscar nomination for a woman in a Hawks film.  Gary Cooper received the only Oscar nomination for a man in a Hawks film, and he won for Sergeant York.

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Howard Hawks supervises Gary Cooper’s dance lesson for Ball of Fire (1942) although he wasn’t required to dance in the film.

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Howard Hawks directing Ball of Fire (1942) with Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck and Allen Jenkins.

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Howard Hawks once again supervises Gary Cooper with a shotgun, this time for Ball of Fire (1942).

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Barbara Stanwyck on the set of Ball Of Fire with Howard Hawks

Howard Hawks is in discussion on the set of Ball of Fire (1942) as Barbara Stanwyck waits patiently between takes.