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BALL OF FIRE (1941)

Vintage original 11 x 14” (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Travers, S. Z. Sakall, Tully Marshall, Leonid Kinsky, dir: Howard Hawks; Samuel Goldwyn/RKO. Outrageously funny film with script by the great team of Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder is a re-telling of the SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS story. Eight scholars are writing a new encyclopedia, Prof. Bertram Potts is assigned to the section on slang. To help him learn the modern terms, he employs nightclub singer Sugarpuss O’Shea, who needs to be in hiding when her mobster boyfriend is charged with murder. Romance ensues. In this card Sugarpuss bids good night to seven of her men. The men cast to play the seven professors (Cooper made eight) were definitely fashioned from Disney’s dwarfs.

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