History Film / BallOfFire

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Loosely based on ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', nightclub performer Katherine "Sugarpuss" O'Shea (Stanwyck) decides to hide in a communal library with a group of professors in order to escape being caught by the police, due to her fiance Joe Lilac's (Dana Andrews) mobster activities. There, she meets the tall, sheltered and conservative English professor Bertram Potts (Cooper), who is determined to understand the ever-changing colloquialisms of the socialites of today in order to put it inside an encyclopedia with his other colleagues' work from all sides of the curriculum. With the help of other members of the public he's rounded up -- including the garbage disposal man that visits the mansion every day -- Potts invites Sugarpuss to work alongside them, after listening to one of her nightclub performances.

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Loosely based on ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', nightclub performer Katherine "Sugarpuss" O'Shea (Stanwyck) decides to hide in a communal library with a group of professors in order to escape being caught by the police, due to her fiance Joe Lilac's (Dana Andrews) mobster activities. activities.

There, she meets the tall, sheltered and conservative English professor Bertram Potts (Cooper), who is determined to understand the ever-changing colloquialisms of the socialites of today in order to put it inside an encyclopedia with his other colleagues' work from all sides of the curriculum. With the help of other members of the public he's rounded up -- including the garbage disposal man that visits the mansion every day -- Potts invites Sugarpuss to work alongside them, after listening to remembering one of her nightclub performances.
performances that he attended for research.
18th Feb '17 7:51:57 AM Kitchen90
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* ChickMagnet: Bertram, who is unable to notice that not only Sugarpuss is interested in him, but Miss Totten as well, considering how nervous she acts whenever they talk to each other.

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* ChickMagnet: CluelessChickMagnet: Bertram, who is unable to notice that not only Sugarpuss is interested in him, but Miss Totten as well, considering how nervous she acts whenever they talk to each other.
5th Feb '17 2:05:03 PM Kitchen90
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* WhatHeppenedToTheMouse: After Sugarpuss kisses Bertram, the plot of Bertram's grammar classes aren't seen again in the story. It can be argued that they still happen off-screen.

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* WhatHeppenedToTheMouse: WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After Sugarpuss kisses Bertram, the plot of Bertram's grammar classes aren't seen again in the story. It can be argued that they still happen off-screen.
5th Feb '17 2:03:03 PM Kitchen90
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* WhatHeppenedToTheMouse: After Sugarpuss kisses Bertram, the plot of Bertram's grammar classes aren't seen again in the story. It can be argued that they still happen off-screen.
** Not to mention, the only characters from that slang group that reappear in the story are Sugarpuss and the garbage disposal man. The man from the pub and the paperboy aren't seen again.
5th Feb '17 1:57:30 PM Kitchen90
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Loosely based on ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', nightclub performer Katherine "Sugarpuss" O'Shea (Stanwyck) decides to hide in a communal library with a group of professors in order to escape being caught by the police, due to her fiance Joe Lilac's (Dana Andrews) mobster activities. There, she meets the sheltered and conservative English professor Bertram Potts (Cooper), who is determined to understand the ever-changing colloquialisms of the socialites of today in order to put it inside an encyclopedia with his other colleagues' work from all sides of the curriculum. With the help of other members of the public he's rounded up -- including the garbage disposal man that visits the mansion every day -- Potts invites Sugarpuss to work alongside them, after listening to one of her nightclub performances.

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Loosely based on ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', nightclub performer Katherine "Sugarpuss" O'Shea (Stanwyck) decides to hide in a communal library with a group of professors in order to escape being caught by the police, due to her fiance Joe Lilac's (Dana Andrews) mobster activities. There, she meets the tall, sheltered and conservative English professor Bertram Potts (Cooper), who is determined to understand the ever-changing colloquialisms of the socialites of today in order to put it inside an encyclopedia with his other colleagues' work from all sides of the curriculum. With the help of other members of the public he's rounded up -- including the garbage disposal man that visits the mansion every day -- Potts invites Sugarpuss to work alongside them, after listening to one of her nightclub performances.


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* CharacterDevelopment: Being a screwball comedy film, the characters learn to change each other for the better.
** Bertram turns from a tall, uptight and socially-awkward {{workaholic}} that spend time with older men with no sense of the changing world, to a man that could have relationships with other people his age and balance out his working life too.
** Sugarpuss dreaded her time in the mansion with the professors, desperately wanting to be with her fiance, but then empathises with them when her fiance threatens them at gunpoint, as if they kidnapped her.
** The professors learn to have fun.


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* GentleGiant: Bertram. He only uses his height to his advantage when he goes to rescue Sugarpuss at the altar with the rest of the professors, Miss Bragg, and the garbage disposal man.
5th Feb '17 1:43:02 PM Kitchen90
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* FemmeFatale: Sugarpuss is a deconstructed version. She saves her seductive methods for the youngest professor Bertram, but acts as an InnocentFanserviceGirl to everyone else. The only person who isn't convinced is housekeeper Miss Bragg. However, this backfires horribly, because she eventually feels guilty when she tries to ditch them, Bertram eventually falls in love with her, and then she realises her fiance's determination to kill the professors [[TheyKnowTooMuch so they don't go to the police.]]


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* HandsOnApproach: In order to convince Bertram to make her stay in the mansion longer, Sugarpuss decides to demonstrate what a "yum-yum" is instead of explaining. She kisses him three times and it works like a charm.


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* MeaningfulName: Being a professor of English language, Bertram works out that "Sugarpuss" is made up of two words -- "sugar" and "puss". "Puss" is slang for "face" and sugar is sweet, meaning "Sugarpuss" = "sweet face". Considering how easily Sugarpuss tricks everyone into liking her, [[FemmeFatale her stage name might have something to do with it]].
1st Feb '17 4:14:54 AM Kitchen90
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* BigGuyLittleGuy: Lilac's henchmen Asthma (chubby) and Pastrami (thin).
31st Jan '17 8:50:40 AM Kitchen90
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''Ball of Fire'' is an American 1941 {{screwball comedy}} starring Creator/GaryCooper and Creator/BarbaraStanwyck, and was written by Creator/BillyWilder, directed by Creator/HowardHawks with a score by Music/AlfredNewman. It was nominated for three UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, including Best Actress and Best Story, and was then remade into a musical movie in 1948 called ''Film/ASongIsBorn''.

Loosely based on ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', nightclub performer Katherine "Sugarpuss" O'Shea (Stanwyck) decides to hide in a communal library with a group of professors in order to escape being caught by the police, due to her fiance Joe Lilac's (Dana Andrews) mobster activities. There, she meets English professor Bertram Potts (Cooper) -- a man determined to understand the ever-changing colloquialisms of the socialites of today in order to put it inside an encyclopedia with his other colleagues' work. With the help of other members of the public he's rounded up -- including the garbage disposal man that visits the mansion every day -- Potts invites Sugarpuss to work alongside them.

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''Ball of Fire'' is an a 1941 American 1941 {{screwball comedy}} starring Creator/GaryCooper and Creator/BarbaraStanwyck, and was written by Creator/BillyWilder, directed by Creator/HowardHawks with a score by Music/AlfredNewman. It was nominated for three UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, including Best Actress and Best Story, and was then remade into a musical movie in 1948 called ''Film/ASongIsBorn''.

Loosely based on ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', nightclub performer Katherine "Sugarpuss" O'Shea (Stanwyck) decides to hide in a communal library with a group of professors in order to escape being caught by the police, due to her fiance Joe Lilac's (Dana Andrews) mobster activities. There, she meets the sheltered and conservative English professor Bertram Potts (Cooper) -- a man (Cooper), who is determined to understand the ever-changing colloquialisms of the socialites of today in order to put it inside an encyclopedia with his other colleagues' work. work from all sides of the curriculum. With the help of other members of the public he's rounded up -- including the garbage disposal man that visits the mansion every day -- Potts invites Sugarpuss to work alongside them.
them, after listening to one of her nightclub performances.



* DaddysGirl: Miss Totten. Her father died prior to movie events and was the brainchild to the encyclopedia project. She would do anything to help the professors get their research finished, but regretfully attempts to cancel it once she discovers that they've become preoccupied with the Sugarpuss scenario.

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* DaddysGirl: Miss Totten. Her father died prior to movie events and was the brainchild to professor behind the encyclopedia project. She would do anything to help the professors get their research finished, but regretfully attempts to cancel it once she discovers that they've become preoccupied with the Sugarpuss scenario.
30th Jan '17 5:10:00 PM Kitchen90
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A 1941 ScrewballComedy about eight professors who are trying to compile the world's largest encyclopedia. Realizing his books on slang are out of date, English Professor Bertram Potts (Creator/GaryCooper) leaves the communal library/house where they work to find research material.

There he meets nightclub performer Sugarpuss O'Shea (Creator/BarbaraStanwyck), who needs a place to hide from the cops so she can't testify against her boyfriend: mobster Joe Lilac (Dana Andrews). She stays with Potts and uses his affection for her to her advantage. Naturally, she falls InLoveWithTheMark and HilarityEnsues.

From a script by prolific Hollywood writer Creator/BillyWilder and directed by Creator/HowardHawks with a score by Music/AlfredNewman. Nominated for three UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, including Best Actress and best story.

Remade as the 1948 {{Musical}} film ''Film/ASongIsBorn''.

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A ''Ball of Fire'' is an American 1941 ScrewballComedy about eight professors who are trying to compile the world's largest encyclopedia. Realizing his books on slang are out of date, English Professor Bertram Potts (Creator/GaryCooper) leaves the communal library/house where they work to find research material.

There he meets nightclub performer Sugarpuss O'Shea (Creator/BarbaraStanwyck), who needs a place to hide from the cops so she can't testify against her boyfriend: mobster Joe Lilac (Dana Andrews). She stays with Potts
{{screwball comedy}} starring Creator/GaryCooper and uses his affection for her to her advantage. Naturally, she falls InLoveWithTheMark Creator/BarbaraStanwyck, and HilarityEnsues.

From a script
was written by prolific Hollywood writer Creator/BillyWilder and Creator/BillyWilder, directed by Creator/HowardHawks with a score by Music/AlfredNewman. Nominated It was nominated for three UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, including Best Actress and best story.

Remade as the
Best Story, and was then remade into a musical movie in 1948 {{Musical}} film ''Film/ASongIsBorn''.called ''Film/ASongIsBorn''.

Loosely based on ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', nightclub performer Katherine "Sugarpuss" O'Shea (Stanwyck) decides to hide in a communal library with a group of professors in order to escape being caught by the police, due to her fiance Joe Lilac's (Dana Andrews) mobster activities. There, she meets English professor Bertram Potts (Cooper) -- a man determined to understand the ever-changing colloquialisms of the socialites of today in order to put it inside an encyclopedia with his other colleagues' work. With the help of other members of the public he's rounded up -- including the garbage disposal man that visits the mansion every day -- Potts invites Sugarpuss to work alongside them.

However, with her fiance's patience wearing thin and wanting to elope as soon as possible, Sugarpuss tries everything she can to stop tension in the professors' home and successfully distracts them from her true intentions, but her friendliness soon backfires when Bertram confesses he has a crush on her and pops out an engagement ring.

HilarityEnsues.



!!Tropes found in Ball of Fire include:

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* LipstickMark: The professors realise that a romance might blossom between Bertram and Sugarpuss when they notice that Bertram is CoveredInKisses and grinning when he was supposed to be forcing Sugarpuss to move out their mansion.



* ManipulativeBitch:
** Sugarpuss uses several tactics to try and stay with the professors until she can elope with her gangster fiance, mostly by flirting with the reserved Bertram. It soon backfires when he falls for it, [[UpToEleven followed by]] ''her falling for him'' as well.
** Miss Bragg, once Sugarpuss came onto the scene, making her threaten resignation if Sugarpuss wasn't thrown out.



* NoSocialSkills: Bertram is portrayed as the most surprising of them all (despite the rest of the professors being like this) because he's the youngest.

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* NoSocialSkills: Bertram is portrayed by the movie as the most surprising of them all (despite the rest of the professors being like this) because he's the youngest.
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* {{Burlesque}}: If they ever remake this film, Sugarpuss will probably be a stripper.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[spoiler:After getting into a fist fight with Lilac (and possibly having his backside handed to him in most of it), Bertram escapes unscathed, apart from a black eye.]]
* {{Burlesque}}: If they ever remake this film, Sugarpuss will probably be doesn't necessarily strip for the crowd in the nightclub, but her costume is very skimpy by the movie's standards, as a stripper.crop top and a skirt with several slits to show off her legs.


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* DistractedByTheSexy: Bertram tries ''oh'' so hard to defy this trope, but it all falls apart when he [[NiceJobBreakingItHero tells Sugarpuss about how much he is attracted to her]], allowing Sugarpuss to tease him into making her stay around him more.


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* PostKissCatatonia: Bertram, after he's smooched several times by Sugarpuss. He cools himself down with cold water, gets kissed again, and then wanders about in a daze with a large grin on his face. It's powerful enough to make him change his mind about throwing Sugarpuss out.


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* ShipperOnDeck: The professors. They enjoyed Sugarpuss' company (despite her manipulating them in order to hide from the police) and do everything to convince Bertram that abandoning her will be the biggest mistake he'll ever make, even using the psychological analyses of Freud to win him over.


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* WeaknessTurnsHerOn: Sugarpuss, through listing Bertram's "strange" personality quirks that she finds cute.
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