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Pop Culture 101: BALL OF FIRE

The fairy tale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was used as the inspiration for Sugarpuss and the seven professors who become her pupils.

Stanwyck joined Fred MacMurray for a radio version of the film broadcast on Lux Radio Theatre in 1942.

In 1948, Goldwyn produced a musical remake with Hawks directing under the title A Song Is Born. Danny Kaye took over the Gary Cooper role, with Virginia Mayo as Sugarpuss. Mary Field, who played Kaye's fiancée, was the only member of the original cast to return for the re-make. The film had problems from the start. Kaye was temporarily separated from his wife and seeing a psychiatrist twice a day which left him, according to Hawks, "as funny as a crutch." Mayo was hampered by the fact that Goldwyn forced her to view the original repeatedly and play her role exactly as Stanwyck had. A Song Is Born got some of the worst reviews of Goldwyn's career.

A 1951 television version of Ball of Fire was shown as part of the Hallmark Playhouse starring Franchot Tone and Wendy Barrie.

by Frank Miller

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