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Ball of Fire (1942) – The Blonde at the Film

This charming film was written by two of the best, Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, and directed by a master of the genre, Howard Hawks. The talent onscreen is just as formidable with Barbara Sta…

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10 comments on “Ball of Fire (1942) – The Blonde at the Film

  1. GP Cox

    She was one of the strongest women in Hollywood – and IMO – still is.

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  2. beetleypete

    Now that’s what I call a film review! It is a great film though, something of a ‘reverse’ Pygmalion, (and sometimes compared to Snow White) but subtly handled by Cooper, in one of his better roles. The group of stuffy old men are a delight too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. mistermuse

    Love Barbara Stanwyck, but don’t think BALL OF FIRE compares with REMEMBER THE NIGHT (1940) starring Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray (script by Preston Sturges).

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    • First Night Design

      Ah, but I don’t think you can compare the two films when they are completely different genres.

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      • mistermuse

        Well, I’d say the genres aren’t as different from each other as BALL OF FIRE and DOUBLE INDEMNITY, but you have a point. I was thinking more in terms of my favorite Stanwyck films. My favorite (after DOUBLE INDEMNITY) is REMEMBER THE NIGHT.

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        • First Night Design

          I wasn’t comparing Ball and Indemnity, merely commenting on both being favourite Stanwyck performances! I think we were talking at slight cross purposes because that’s clearly what you’re comparing too!

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  4. mistermuse

    P.S. On second thought, THE LADY EVE might tie REMEMBER THE NIGHT as my second favorite Stanwyck film….if not be slightly ahead.

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