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Barbara Stanwyck

Ball of Fire

Boasting big-name collaborators on both sides of the camera, this screwball comedy delights and delivers.

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USA 1941
Dir Howard Hawks
With Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers
111min
35mm
Certificate U

When nightclub dancer and gangster’s girlfriend Sugarpuss O’Shea (Stanwyck) needs to lie low, a house shared by eight professors researching American slang provides the ideal hideout. Producer Samuel Goldwyn assembled an A-list of collaborators on both sides of the camera for this delightful screwball comedy inspired by the story of Snow White; razor-sharp dialogue and perfect Hawksian comic timing are the result.

See the screening on Fri 15 Mar 18:00 with an introduction by Isabel Stevens, Sight & Sound.


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