Ball of Fire

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Ball of Fire

  • 1941
  • Directed By: Howard Hawks
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Comedy
  • 112 Minutes
  1. Saturday, December 3, 2016 3:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Ball of Fire
In this fairy tale-esque screw-ball comedy, Professor Bertram Potts (Gary Cooper), a linguist on a mission to learn American slang, becomes entangled with the enchanting, yet dangerous, nightclub singer Katherine “Sugarpuss” O’Shea (Barbara Stanwyck). Directed by Howard Hawks and based on a short story by Billy Wilder, the film was nominated for four Oscars® in 1942—competing against Cooper and Stanwyck’s Meet John Doe (dir. Frank Capra) and Stanwyck’s The Lady Eve (dir. Preston Sturges) for best original screenplay. Contains some mildly suggestive content. (35mm Presentation)