Ball of Fire
DIRECTOR: HOWARD HAWKS
CAST: GARY COOPER, BARBARA STANWYCK, OSKAR HOMOLKA
Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck make up one of the more attractive couples in screen history, as her “Sugarpuss” O’Shea, a gangster’s mistress and nightclub chanteuse driven into hiding, holes up in the ivory tower with his tweedy professor and colleagues to teach them the nuances of modern jive slang for a proposed encyclopedia entry. A screwball Snow White & the Seven Dwarves from screenwriters Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, with easy, breezy charm for days.