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The Major and the Minor (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 24 December 1942 (Mexico)
A woman disguises herself as a child to save on a train fare and is taken in charge by an army man who doesn't notice the truth.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Major Kirby
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Pamela Hill
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Mr. Osborne
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Lucy Hill
Edward Fielding ...
Colonel Hill
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Cadet Osborne
Raymond Roe ...
Cadet Wigton
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Cadet Korner
Larry Nunn ...
Cadet Babcock
Billy Dawson ...
Cadet Miller
Lela E. Rogers ...
Mrs. Applegate (as Lela Rogers)
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Reverend Doyle
Boyd Irwin ...
Major Griscom
Byron Shores ...
Captain Durand
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Storyline

New York working girl Susan Applegate is desperate to go home to Iowa but does not have the railway fare so she disguises herself as a child to ride half fare. Enroute she meets Philip Kirby, an Army major teaching at a military school. Written by Jack McKillop <jem3@donuts0.bellcore.com>

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Is She A Kid - Or Is She Kidding?

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Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

24 December 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Der Major und das Mädchen  »

Box Office

Budget:

$928,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,380,000 (USA) (31 December 1942)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Principal photography was completed quickly and efficiently. Ginger Rogers later recalled, "We had a lot of fun making the picture. It was that kind of story. And even though it was his first film, from day one I saw that Billy knew what to do. He was very sure of himself. He had perfect confidence . . . I've never been sorry I made the film. The Major and the Minor really holds up. It's as good now as it was then." See more »

Goofs

Susan arrives at New York City's Grand Central Terminal and attempts to buy a fare from a New York Central Railroad ticket clerk. When she eventually has a ticket and is on the train, the exterior view is of a Pennsylvania Railroad train pulled by streamlined steam locomotive. That train would have departed from New York's Pennsylvania Station. See more »

Quotes

Conductor #2: Looks kinda filled out for twelve.
Susan Applegate: Mama says we have some sort of gland trouble.
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Connections

Featured in Billy Wilder Speaks (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

A-Tisket, A-Tasket
(uncredited)
Lyrics Traditional
Sung a cappella by Ginger Rogers
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Delightful, charming romantic comedy.
30 June 2002 | by (Downers Grove, Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

Billy Wilder scores an early winner with this wonderful film. The story, characters, and dialogue combine to make this a classic romantic comedy from the early 1940s, and the legendary writing combination of Wilder and Charles Bracket is as witty as ever. At a Chicago screening in June 2002, the audience was delighted by the comedy and laughed constantly -- the timelessness of this film is just one of its great qualities.

Billy Wilder was a genius, and this film is but one chapter of his saga...


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