Ball of Fire - 1941
Movie: Ball of Fire - 1941
Director: Howard Hawks
Synopsis: Professor Bertram Potts Gary Cooper) is the youngest of a group of male scholars who have been cloistered away in a New York townhouse, diligently writing entries for an encyclopedia for 9 years, with 3 more to go. Potts is responsible for the entries on language and grammer. When the garbageman (Allen Jenkins) wanders in one morning, he discovers that current street language has changed, and his section on Slang is now outdated. Venturing outside for a field trip, he ends up in a nightcub where wisecracking singer SugarPuss O'Shea (Barbara Stanwyck) is performing. He approahes her backstage and invites her to visit him so that he can study her further. SugarPuss is the girlfriend of gangster Joe Lilac (Dana Andrews), who is being investigated by the police, and she is wanted as a witness. Needing a place to hide her, Joe's associates deposit her with the professors - the perfect hideout.
Scene: Top: SugarPuss sings a lively number called "Drum Boogie", backed by Gene Krupa (Himself) and his big band. Middle: The police have some evidence - a pajama top - that they are trying to associate with Joe. Bottom: SugarPuss arrives for her first Slang Study Group meeting with Professor Potts.
Monogram: Top: Gene Krupa, with his band's logo (GK) on the drumkit. Middle: In this comedy even the monograms have a sense of humor. The intials JL are embroidered on an exotic pajama top. When the police detective suggests that the initials could stand for Joe Lilac, Joe says he likes his pajamas with a little more room in the shoulders. Joe's accociate, known as Benny The Creep, says the pajamas are his. Questioned about the monogram, he suggests that the J is for "jellybean" and the L is for "lolipop". Bottom: Sporting a very unusual four-letter monogram (SPOS) on the left sleeve of her blouse, SugarPuss wins over all of the other scholars.
Contributed by: Kathy Lake