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Gary Cooper was already cast in Ball of Fire (1942) when he heard producer Samuel Goldwyn was having trouble casting his co-star, so he suggested Barbara Stanwyck who he had just worked with for Frank Capra in Meet John Doe.

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The caption for the publicity still for Ball of Fire (1942) reads “Fun on the phone….” when Gary Cooper mistakenly believes he’s talking to Sugarpuss’ biological father.

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Barbara Stanwyck in her Oscar nominated role as Sugarpuss O’Shea in a publicity still for Ball of Fire (1942), the only such nomination for a female in a Hawks film, despite all the terrific Hawksian women over the decades.

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Gary Cooper as Prof. Potts behind the scenes of Ball of Fire (1942).

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the professors have an impromptu dance lesson in Ball of Fire (1942).

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Gary Cooper “Star of Ball of Fire” in a print ad for RC Cola.  RC Cola was introduced in 1905 and is apparently still being made, although I can’t recall the last time I saw it at the supermarket.  8 more words

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Gary Cooper checks Barbara Stanwyck for cold symptoms in Ball of Fire (1942).  It was Billy Wilder’s final screenplay before he became a writer/director with The Major and the Minor (1943).

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