Ball of Fire

Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck in Ball of Fire (dir. Howard Hawks, 1941).

Lee Phelps, Dana Andrews ("How's about some benzedrine?"), and Addison Richards.

Dan Duryea.

Regulation screwball antics from Howard Hawks, with a fine cast. Dana Andrews, Dan Duryea, and Ralph Peters play gangsters Joe Lilac, Duke Pastrami, and Asthma Andrews, respectively. Duryea answers a phone call from Barbara Stanwyck as Sugarpuss O'Shea: "Hello Sugie ... sure it's Pastrami." The title refers to Stanwyck, and she lives up to it. Feigning a sore throat, Sugarpuss complains to Gary Cooper as Prof. Bertram Potts: "It's as red as the Daily Worker, and twice as sore."