- Ginger Rogers turned down the role of Sugarpuss, something she regretted.
- Lucille Ball was going to play Sugarpuss but once producer Samuel Goldwyn found out that Gary Cooper had suggested Stanwyck and that she was available, he gave her the part instead.
- Leonid Kinskey (Professor Quintana) and Richard Haydn (Professor Oddley) were both under 40 years old and younger than Gary Cooper.
- Dana Andrews based his character (Joe Lilac) on real-life gangster Bugsy Siegel. Siegel owned the Formosa, a club across the street from Goldwyn Studios.
- Gary Cooper was paid $150,000 for his role, while Barbara Stanwyck earned the odd salary of $68,133.
- Don’t feel too sorry for Stanwyck though. By 1944, she was the highest-paid woman in the United States.
- Barbara Stanwyck received her second Best Actress (out of a total of four) for this film.
- For the terrific script by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett.
- The great performances and chemistry between Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.
- The amazing group of character actors assembled for this film.
- To see Dana Andrews as Joe Lilac, three years before his star turn in Laura.
- This is a great example of director Howard Hawks’s versatility.
- To hear the great American 1940s slang that your parents and grandparents spoke.
|Gary Cooper shares a laugh with Robert Taylor while he visits his wife, Barbara Stanwyck on the set of Ball of Fire.|
- What did you think of the pairing of Cooper and Stanwyck?
- Billy Wilder said this was a modern version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Do you agree with that comparison?
- Did you have a favorite professor/character actor?
- What do you think changed Sugarpuss’s opinion of Bertram? Do they have a chance at happiness?
- Did this film remind you of any other movies you have seen?
- Do you think this fits the category of screwball comedy?
|Henry Fonda, Preston Sturges, and Barbara (Stany) Stanwyck on |
the set of The Lady Eve