This romantic comedy, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper, is one of the best of the black-and-white genre on the early 40s.
Directed by Howard Hawkes and written in part by Billy Wilder (see Ninotchka, last week!), this is the story of a group of guys writing a new encyclopedia, whose neatly, geeky world is overturned by nightclub singer-dancer Sugarpuss O’Shea (Stanwyck) who hides out with them to evade a “suppeeeny” from the DA about her boyfriend Joe Lilac (Dana Andrews, before he became leading man/hero material).
The supporting cast of delightful geeks, played by familiar character actors, adds to the comedy. Cooper is not his typical “leading man” powerhouse: instead, he plays a shy, genius-level, goofy guy. I don’t think Cooper ever got credit for his acting skills. I am also a huge fan of Stanwyck: she mostly starred in B-movies and then TV, but she was a really skilled performer, one whose technique was gained the hard way, over time and through many, many jobs.