Ball of Fire

Synopsis: Sexy, wisecracking nightclub singer Sugarpuss O'Shea is a hot tomato who needs to be kept on ice: mobster boyfriend Joe Lilac is suspected of murder and Sugarpuss' testimony could put him away. Naive Professor Bertram Potts meets Miss O'Shea while researching an article on slang and in true romantic comedy fashion the two worlds collide. When Miss O'Shea hides out with Potts and his fellow professors, everyone learns something new: the professors how to cha-cha and Potts the meaning of "yum-yum"!
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Howard Hawks
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win.
 
IMDB:
7.8
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
APPROVED
Year:
1941
111 min
99 Views

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(WHISTLING)

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Make the same. It's good for you.

Spring air.

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The way you're gulping it up,

there won't be enough left to go around.

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Isn't it very hot for so early in April,

Dr. Gurkakoff?

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I'm not surprised.

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This recent bombardment

by ions from the sun.

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You see, temperature is due

to the quantity of molecular...

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Hey, hey. Stop, stop,

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if you don't want me to retaliate

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by reciting all the tributary branches

of the Amazon.

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Incredible that only last week we were

drawing lots for our hot water bottle.

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Observe the forsythia or golden bell.

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I never knew it to bloom so early.

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Gentlemen. Gentlemen.

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It's 8:
46, gentlemen.

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Oh, Potts.

Just once more around the park.

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Before we go back to our mausoleum.

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I saw a scarlet tanager

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which must have flown

all the way from Florida just to enjoy it.

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- 1,500 miles.

- Yes.

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Our constitutional

has taken up too much time already.

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We're working under pressure.

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After nine years of effort we are,

as the race track enthusiast might say,

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in the home stretch.

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Three more years

and our encyclopedia will be finished.

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Let's not bog down

in the middle of the letter "S."

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PROFESSOR:
All right. All right.

That's done it.

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It's now 8:
49, gentlemen.

I, for one, am going back to work.

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- Teacher's pet!

- Bertram Potts, the incorruptible.

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The eternal no-no man.

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Back home. Back home.

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Oh, well,

it may be raining this afternoon, anyway.

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(WHISTLING)

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- Good morning, Miss Bragg.

- Good morning, Miss Bragg.

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- Good morning, Miss Bragg.

- Good morning, Professor.

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- Good morning, Miss Bragg.

- Good morning.

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- Good morning, Miss Bragg.

- Good morning, Professor.

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Gentlemen, before you get down to work,

I have got something to say.

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One of you made off with

a jar of strawberry preserves

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from my pantry last night.

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I located the empty jar on the shelf behind

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

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That seems to indicate our historian,

Professor Peagram.

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I did no such thing, Miss Bragg.

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I'm not accusing anybody,

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but until it's cleared up, I think

we'll dispense with jam for breakfast.

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Charles William Brackett (November 26, 1892 – March 9, 1969) was an American novelist, screenwriter, and film producer, best known for his long collaboration with Billy Wilder. more…

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