RKO Radio Pictures released Ball of Fire to theaters on December 2, 1941. Howard Hawks directed film which starred Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, and Oskar Homolka.
‘Ball of Fire’ Movie Summary
In New York City, a group of professors, all of whom are bachelors, live in a mansion together. They are busy compiling an encyclopedia of all human knowledge. While they are mostly old men, the youngest one is Professor Bertram Potts is not. He’s a handsome 30-something grammarian.
The professors lead a mostly secluded lifestyle with their prim and proper housekeeper, Miss Bragg, keeping things tidy for them. Although they work at a leisurely pace, their financial backer, Miss Totten, grows impatient with them, and demands they finish their work soon.
On an outing to a nightclub to research American slang, Bertram becomes enamored with the sassy performer Sugarpuss O’Shea, and the way she speaks. Since Bertram is too stodgy for her tastes, she initially declines his request to assist him in his research. However, Sugarpuss soon finds she needs a place to hide from the cops. They want to question her about her mob boss/boyfriend, Joe Lilac.read full summary
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