BALL OF FIRE (1941) Photo – 1


Vintage original 9 x 7″ (23 x 19 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Travers, S. Z. Sakall, Tully Marshall, Leonid Kinsky, dir: Howard Hawks; Samuel Goldwyn / RKO. Photo is borderless. Some writing in pencil on verso, about fine.

Outrageously funny film with script by the great team of Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder is a re-telling of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs story. Eight scholars are writing a new encyclopedia, Prof. Bertram Potts is assigned to the section on slang. To help him learn the modern terms, he employs nightclub singer/stripper Sugarpuss O’Shea who needs to be in hiding when her mobster boyfriend is charged with murder.

In what appears to be an image of a rehearsal, Sugarpuss (Stanwyck), wearing her burlesque costume, frustrates the Professor (Cooper).

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