Nell, that is AWESOME! I haven’t see Ball of Fire in decades, but I just checked out that scene between Stanwyck and Cooper. Wondrous! I’ve put the movie on my To Watch list and up top. I’ll be sure to feature the movie this week in Daily Dialogue and acknowledge you for it.
Wilder must have connected with Stanwyck seeing as she was in more than one of his movies (Double Indemnity, too).
Sometimes I wish I could transport myself back to the 30s and 40s, just the cinema side of things mind you. The Hays Code forced screenwriters to get real clever to get around that censorship and it resulted in some wonderful scenes and dialogue.