Ball of Fire

Ball of Fire (1941)

“I LOVE HIM because he doesn't know how to kiss—THE JERK!”

  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Crime
  • Release Date: 1941-12-02
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 189 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 51min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Samuel Goldwyn Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Howard Hawks
star 7.4/10
From 189 Ratings


A group of academics have spent years shut up in a house working on the definitive encyclopedia. When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he ventures into the wide world to learn about the evolving language. Here he meets Sugarpuss O’Shea, a nightclub singer, who’s on top of all the slang—and, it just so happens, needs a place to stay.

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  • Gary Cooper

    as Professor Bertram Potts
  • Barbara Stanwyck

    as Sugarpuss O’Shea
  • Oskar Homolka

    as Prof. Gurkakoff
  • Henry Travers

    as Prof. Jerome
  • S.Z. Sakall

    as Prof. Magenbruch
  • Tully Marshall

    as Prof. Robinson
  • Leonid Kinskey

    as Prof. Quintana
  • Richard Haydn

    as Prof. Oddly
  • Aubrey Mather

    as Prof. Peagram
  • Allen Jenkins

    as Garbage Man
  • Dana Andrews

    as Joe Lilac
  • Dan Duryea

    as Duke Pastrami
  • Ralph Peters

    as Asthma Anderson
  • Kathleen Howard

    as Miss Bragg
  • Charles Lane

    as Larsen
  • Charles Arnt

    as McNeary
  • Elisha Cook Jr.

    as Waiter
  • Mary Field

    as Miss Totten
  • Alan Rhein

    as 'Horseface'
  • Eddie Foster

    as Pinstripe
  • Aldrich Bowker

    as Justice of the Peace
  • Addison Richards

    as District Attorney
  • Kenneth Howell

    as College Boy
  • Tim Ryan

    as Motor Policeman
  • Gene Krupa

    as Himself — Orchestra Leader
  • Pat West

    as Bum
  • Tommy Ryan

    as Newsboy
  • Will Lee

    as “Benny — the Creep”
  • George Barton

    as Garbage Man (uncredited)
  • Doria Caron

    as Girl in Subway (uncredited)
  • Ken Christy

    as Cop with Ms. Bragg (uncredited)
  • Eddy Chandler

    as Cop on Garbage Truck (uncredited)
  • Edward Clark

    as Motor Court Proprietor (uncredited)
  • Pat Flaherty

    as Deputy (uncredited)
  • Otto Hoffman

    as Stage Doorman (uncredited)
  • Ethelreda Leopold

    as Nursemaid at Park (uncredited)
  • Lorraine Miller

    as Girl in Café (uncredited)
  • Ruth Clifford

    as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
  • Yvonne Duval

    as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
  • Joyce Matthews

    as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
  • Patsy Moran

    as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
  • Mildred Morris

    as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
  • Edward Mundy

    as Spieler (uncredited)
  • Gerald Pierce

    as Delivery Boy (uncredited)
  • Lynne Roberts

    as Veiled Woman in Gene Krupa’s Audience (uncredited)
  • Francis Sayles

    as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • Helen Seamon

    as College Girl (uncredited)
  • George Sherwood

    as Deputy (uncredited)
  • Walter Shumway

    as Garbage Man (uncredited)
  • Bert Stevens

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Russell Wade

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Chalky Williams

    as Cop (uncredited)
  • Martha Tilton

    as Sugarpuss O'Shea (singing voice) (uncredited)
  • John Alban

    as Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited)
  • Tex Brodus

    as Passerby (uncredited)
  • Chet De Vito

    as Tollkeeper (uncredited)
  • Roy Eldridge

    as Trumpeter (uncredited)
  • Geraldine Fissette

    as Hula Dancer (uncredited)
  • Laura Gile

    as Date of Prof. Bertram Potts (uncredited)
  • George Golden

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Catherine Henderson

    as College Girl (uncredited)
  • June Horne

    as Nursemaid at Park (uncredited)
  • Merrillee Lannon

    as Girl in Subway (uncredited)
  • Jean MacMurray

    as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
  • Hal McIntyre

    as Saxaphonist (uncredited)
  • Mike Morelli

    as Pool Hall Patron (uncredited)
  • William H. O'Brien

    as Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited)
  • Jack Perry

    as Pool Hall Patron (uncredited)
Writing Billy Wilder Original Story
Directing Howard Hawks Director
Writing Charles Brackett Screenplay
Writing Billy Wilder Screenplay
Writing Thomas Monroe Original Story
Costume & Make-Up Edith Head Costume Design
Production Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Art Perry Ferguson Art Direction
Directing William Tummel Assistant Director
Editing Daniel Mandell Editor
Sound Frank Maher Sound Engineer
Art Howard Bristol Set Decoration
Camera Gregg Toland Director of Photography
Sound Alfred Newman Original Music Composer
Art McClure Capps Assistant Art Director
Crew Samuel Goldwyn Presenter
Costume & Make-Up Mel Berns Makeup Artist
Production Earl Rettig Unit Manager
Art Julia Heron Set Decoration
Directing Marty Moss Second Assistant Director
Directing Arthur Rosson Second Unit Director
Directing John Sherwood Assistant Director
Art Irving W. Sindler Property Master
Camera James V. Murray Assistant Camera
Costume & Make-Up Edith Head Costumer
Crew David Buttolph Additional Music
Sound Martha Tilton Vocals