Saturday, May 19, 2007

Ball of Fire

Gary Cooper plays a professor studying slang and Barbara Stanwyck plays a slang-talking stripper. I mean "dancer". It sounds great already, doesn't it?

Stanwyck is mostly against type, playing a cheerful, friendly good-time girl. She has depths, but she's usually just whooping it up and enlivening the lives of the stuffy professors, who are not really all that stuffy even in the beginning. Cooper is young and stuffy, but the others (awesome character actors like S.Z. Sakall and Richard Haydn) all seem perfectly willing to run around in the park all day and ignore their duties.

I liked this movie a lot.

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