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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.

  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.

  3. beetleypete


  4. First Night Design

    Yes! And apart from Double Indemnity, this is my favourite Stanwyck film.

  5. First Night Design

    Delight is the word. When I first saw it, I thought I wasn’t going to like it because at that point I didn’t really appreciate Stanwyck. I was bowled over by all of them! x

  6. 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).

  7. First Night Design

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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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