The Major and the Minor (1942)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  24 December 1942 (Mexico)
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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
Rita Johnson ...
Pamela Hill
Robert Benchley ...
Mr. Osborne
Lucy Hill
Edward Fielding ...
Colonel Hill
Frankie Thomas ...
Cadet Osborne
Raymond Roe ...
Cadet Wigton
Charles Smith ...
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 <>

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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?


It was decided to include scenes of Susan's (Ginger Rogers's) mother. Spring Byington was the first choice but was appearing in another film. Rogers suggested her real mother Lela E. Rogers, who got the role. See more »


When Pamela drives up to the stopped train, from inside the train her paneled wagon looks clean but from outside it is muddy. See more »


Susan Applegate: You should be very glad I'm not 12. I was a very straightforward child. I used to spit.
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Featured in Billy Wilder Speaks (2006) See more »


Sweet Sue, Just You
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Will J. Harris
Sung by chorus of cadets
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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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