Ball of Fire
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Professor Bertram Potts is the youngest of eight bookish academics assembling a dictionary of slang. They find a perfect "research associate" in the curvaceous form of strip-tease dancer Kathryn "Sugar Puss" O'Shea, who has hidden out at the professors' domicile to escape Joe Lilac, her gangster boyfriend. As Sugar Puss interprets various slang expressions, she and the professors grow quite fond of one another. She brings their personalities out from under their collegiate facades, while they revive her essential decency and genial womanhood. When Joe and his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Actor Cooper plays his Mr. Deeds role with the authority of long familiarity, and Miss Stanwyck (once Ruby Stevens, of Brooklyn) is equally at home in hers."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Pure joy."
‑ , Time Out
"One of the best screwball comedies."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Does a fine job subverting the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs children's story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Cooper and Stanwyck make an attractive pairing in Hawks' consistently funny romantic comedy."
‑ , Film4
"Casting is meticulously perfect to make every character a caricature of itself."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Mr. Cooper may be a little loose-tooth in spots, but he gives a homespun performance such as only he can give. Miss Stanwyck is plenty yum-yum (meaning scorchy) in her worldly temptress role."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"As the timid professor and burlesque stripper, Cooper and Stanwyck are at the top of their form in Hawks' delectable screwball comedy, based on a witty script from Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"What a team: Stanwyck was rarely sexier, Cooper never more endearing. A jewel of a comedy."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A great screwball comedy, with Stanwyck in one of her sexiest roles."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"A delight."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"'I've gone goofy, completely goofy,' Cooper says, as the chaos of slang overwhelms his orderly vocabulary: 'Bim-buggy, slap-happy.' Watching 'Ball of Fire,' you feel similarly liberated."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"After the rush of His Girl Friday, Ball of Fire is a more sedate ride, full of such marvelous passages as the conga line Stanwyck's delectable Sugarpuss teaches the professors."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Co-escrito por Billy Wilder e Charles Brackett, o filme tem um ótimo senso de humor, performances hilárias de todo o elenco e direção enérgica de Hawks."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Cooper also worked with Hawks on Sergeant York, which garnered a lot more attention at the time, but doesn't hold up nearly as well as this delightful treasure."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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