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Bombshell Boogie

January 20, 2010

Today is the tenth anniversary of the death of one of our favourite 1940s bombshells: Barbara Stanwyck.

Some people might remember her only as an old biddy in The Thorn Birds or The Colbys, but, to us at BB, she will forever be the wonderfully named Sugarpuss O’Shea, the showgirl who plays Snow White to seven unsuspecting professors when her gangster boyfriend needs to hide her from the cops in the 1941 comedy Ball of Fire.

One of the highlights of the film is the song Drum Boogie which the snake-hipped Stanny performs (well, dubs – singer Martha Tilton provided the vocals) first with jazz drummer Gene Krupa’s band – and then with just Krupa and a box of matches. It’s a classic movie moment – and our Barbara never looked more beautiful.

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