Need movie title about black and white classic film?

Black & white movie, 30/40s; attractive young bookish guy works with old duffers at dictionary publishing company. He's sent out to research new/contemporary words, meets showgirl/barfly type who helps him out, and I think moves in because in trouble with the mob Anyone?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Ball of Fire (1941)

    starring Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers, S.Z. Sakall, Leonid Kinskey, Richard Haydn, Dana Andrews, Dan Duryea, Kathleen Howard

    IMDb synopsis:

    Sexy, wisecracking nightclub singer Sugarpuss O'Shea is a hot tomato who needs to be kept on ice: mobster boyfriend Joe Lilac is suspected of murder and Sugarpuss' testimony could put him away. Naive Professor Bertram Potts meets Miss O'Shea while researching an article on slang and in true romantic comedy fashion the two worlds collide. When Miss O'Shea hides out with Potts and his fellow professors, everyone learns something new: the professors how to cha-cha and Potts the meaning of "yum-yum"!


    The roles of the seven professors (besides Gary Cooper) were inspired by Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". There is even a photograph showing the actors sitting in front of a Disney poster, each one in front of his corresponding dwarf: S.Z. Sakall - Dopey; Leonid Kinskey - Sneezy; 'Richard Haydn' - Bashful; Henry Travers - Sleepy; Aubrey Mather - Happy; Tully Marshall - Grumpy, and Oskar Homolka - Doc.

    When Gary Cooper is taking notes of the newsboy's slang, the marquee on the theater across the street advertises "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937), an inside joke that refers to the script's inspiration.

    Here's a clip from the film:

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    Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find it on YouTube.

    This was remade as a musical:

    A Song Is Born (1948)

    IMDb synopsis:

    Gangster's moll Honey Swanson (Virginia Mayo) goes into hiding when her boyfriend is under investigation by the police. Where better to hide than a musical research institute staffed entirely by lonely bachelors? She gets more than she bargained for when the head of the institute Professor Hobart Frisbee (Danny Kaye) starts to fall for her.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    sure, this is "bypass away Her to Heaven" from 1945 starring Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde. it somewhat is unquestionably one of my famous action picture noirs. "the psychological, melodramatic noir bypass away Her to Heaven (1945), between the 1st noirs shot in shade, highlighted a menacing, father-fixated, risky femme fatale (Gene Tierney) who might quit at no longer something (the drowning homicide of her husband's youthful paraplegic brother in a lake, and a planned miscarriage to kill her unborn toddler while she intentionally fell down stairs) to possessively carry onto the guy she enjoyed."-- from amc information superhighway website under

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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