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Barbara Stanwyck in her Sugaruss O’Shea nightclub costume behind the scenes of Ball of Fire (1942)

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Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck in a publicity still for Ball of Fire (1942).  After Gary was cast, Howard Hawks was still having difficulty choosing the female lead, so Gary suggested Barbara, his previous co-star from Meet John Doe (1941).

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foreign lobby card for Ball of Fire (1942)

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theater print ad for Ball of Fire (1942), on a double bill with Fiesta (1941), a 45 minute Hal Roach comedy with a cast of nobodys..

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foreign booklet for Ball of Fire (1942)

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Tully Marshall as Prof. Robinson in a publicity still for Ball of Fire (1942).  Tully was the newspaper editor in Howard Hawks’ Scarface (1932) and Uncle Lige in Sergeant York (1941).   Tully was born in Nevada City, California, and had 192 acting credits, mostly in the silent era, from 1914 to an uncredited bit in Hitler’s Madman (1943).

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print ad for Ball of Fire (1942), the top half of a double bill.

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print ad for Ball of Fire (1942)

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foreign lobby card for Ball of Fire (1942)

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Dana Andrews and Barbara Stanwyck in an uncomfortable marriage ceremony by Justice of the Peace Aldrich Bowker in a scene from Ball of Fire (1942).

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print ad for Ball of Fire (1942)

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Sugarpuss O’Shea confesses her feelings toward Professor Potts in a scene from Ball of Fire (1942).

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print ad for Ball of Fire (1942)

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Gary Cooper and the professors get played in Ball of Fire (1942)

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Ball of Fire (1942) is ranked number 12 on Golddberby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films.

This is one of Howard Hawks’ best and should rank in the top 10.