Ball of Fire (1941)


Billy Wilder was the writer, and Howard Hawks was the director…they turned out one of the funniest movies of all time.  12 men are trying to write the world’s largest and most complete Encyclopedia, but they get sidetracked by a no-good dame who is wanted by the law for ties to a crime gang.

Why this movie isn’t talked about more is beyond me.  This movie has a great plot, with many very funny moments.

Barbara Stanwyck dazzles in this one, and Gary Cooper packs a punch (literally!).  This is a screwball comedy that would later make Billy Wilder extremely famous.  Billy Wilder gave us “The Apartment” “One, Two, Three” and “Kiss Me Stupid” amongst many other very funny movies.

This was the start of his career and boy did it get rolling with a bang. This movie definately feels more like a Billy Wilder movie, than a Howard Hawks movie.


The plot is top notch in this movie.  It is like Snow White and the 7 dwarfs but just screwier and funnier.  There are many twists and turns in this one.


Gary Cooper is a geek who is obsessed with his work.  He innocently falls for the glamorous Barbara Stanwyck, who dazzles and entrances all the guys she meets, but she is big trouble, and Gary Cooper is not ready for ALL the revelations that she has for him.

This is one of Barbara Stanwyck’s best performances, and she is very memorable in this film (she may end up in your dreams!).  She is sexy, smart, and irresistable in this one. She is probably my most favorite actress next to Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.


This movie is pure fun and enjoyment.  2 hours will go by and you will not miss them.  This movie is zany, but also makes fun out of ordinary experiences in everyday life.

One of the greatest comedies of all-time, this is a movie which is somewhat obscure, but is a MUST SEE, 10 star movie that will have you rolling in the aisles!

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