Ball of Fire

Master cinematographer Gregg Toland stands next to Tully Marshall on the set of Ball of Fire (1942) with Gary Cooper.  Gregg also worked with Howard Hawks on The Road to Glory and Come and Get It, and would work again on A Song is Born.

Ball of Fire

Gary Cooper and Dana Andrews in a scene from Ball of Fire (1942)

Ball of Fire

the professors fight back in a scene from Ball of Fire (1942)

Ball of Fire

The back of this publicity still reads

SLANG COLLECTOR — When Gary Cooper as Professor Potts in Samuel Goldwyn’s “Ball of Fire” goes hunting for modern slang expressions for an article he is writing he visits the New York subway and listens to the conversation of two typists.  Barbara Stanwyck is co-starred with Cooper as a night club queen.  ‘BALL OF FIRE IS GENERALLY RELEASED ON MAY 18TH. “

Ball of Fire

Gary Cooper is a nervous hostage in a scene from Ball of Fire (1942)

Ball of Fire

Barbara Stanwyck shows Gary Cooper the meaning of “yum yum” in a publicity still for Ball of Fire (1942)

Sergeant York

Alvin York in his medal ceremony upon returning from Europe in an original publicity still for Sergeant York (1941)

Sergeant York

Dickie Moore, Gary Cooper, and perhaps Ward Bond in an original publicity still for Sergeant York (1941)

Sergeant York

Gary Cooper reports for duty during World War I in an original publicity still for Sergeant York (1941).  It was inspiring to many Americans who still were isolationist in their views about Nazi Germany.

Today We Live

Roscoe Karns, Gary Cooper and Franchot Tone see action in World War I in Today We Live (1933).  As always, the Howard Hawks filmed action scenes, on land, sea and air, are terrific, but the story is weak.

 

Today We Live

Gary Cooper in Today We Live (1933), his first of three films with Howard Hawks.  The other two, Sergeant York and Ball of Fire, were critical and commercial successes

Sergeant York

Stanley Ridges and Gary Cooper in a scene of World War I battle in Sergeant York (1941)

Sergeant York

Gary Cooper in a publicity still for Sergeant York (1941)

Sergeant York

Ma does some mending with her three children in a scene from Sergeant York (1941)

Sergeant York

Sergeant York (1941) and his ma give thanks.