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Ball of Fire

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As far as I’m concerned, the screwball comedy Ball of Fire holds its own against better-known classics like His Girl Friday and It Happened One Night. Barbara Stanwyck and her (as Gary Cooper puts it) ”extremely disturbing body” star as Sugarpuss O’Shea, a nightclub singer hiding from gangsters in a townhouse full of fuddy-duddy professors. When Cooper catches her eye, the movie — coscripted by Billy Wilder — morphs from an adorable Snow White farce into a touching paean to falling for a nerd (”[He] looks like a giraffe, and I love him!”). EXTRAS None. But who cares? A