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


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?


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

24 December 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

A Incrível Susana  »

Box Office


$928,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Tom McGuire (News Vender) and Guy Wilkerson (Farmer Truck Driver) are in studio records for their roles in this film, but they did not appear in the print. Also, Billy Cook and Dickie Jones (Cadets) were scheduled to appear, but both were replaced due to illness. See more »


The cadet left the switchboard to get a radio, and returned with a battery portable valve radio. Although quite expensive to buy and to operate, there was a very large market for battery portable valve radios and they were very common throughout the valve era. Batteries were the only possible power supply, because valves with "heaters" used with AC mains power electricity appeared after the D.C. battery types. Texas Instruments in 1952 demonstrated their all-transistor AM radios, but their performance was well below that of equivalent battery tube models. In August 1953 a workable all-transistor radio was demonstrated at the Düsseldorf Radio Fair by the German firm Intermetall. If you had no knowledge of the existence of battery portable valve radios in 1942, you might mistakenly believe that the portable radio is a fake, because the portable transistor radio was not invented till 1952. See more »


Susan Applegate: You know, General Wallace owes me 51 cents.
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References Grand Hotel (1932) See more »


Blues in the Night
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played on radio and sung and danced by Raymond Roe
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Classic comedy
25 June 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Billy Wilder's directorial debut is one of the American cinema's classic screwball comedies. Ginger Rogers is electric as the blue-collar gal whose adventures begin when she dresses herself up as a youngster so she can afford to ride home on the train (she only has half-fare). Robert Benchley heads a magnificent supporting cast, and Ray Milland acts his role to a "tee." If you've never seen this, you are in for a treat.

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