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The Major and the Minor (1942)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  29 March 1943 (Sweden)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Major Kirby
Rita Johnson ...
Pamela Hill
Robert Benchley ...
Mr. Osborne
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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)
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Reverend Doyle
Boyd Irwin ...
Major Griscom
Byron Shores ...
Capttain 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:

29 March 1943 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A Incrível Susana  »

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Budget:

$928,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Maj. Philip Kirby: You know Su-Su, you're a very peculiar child.
Susan Applegate: You bet I am.
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Connections

Version of You're Never Too Young (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

A-Tisket, A-Tasket
(uncredited)
Lyrics Traditional
Sung a cappella by Ginger Rogers
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20 December 2009 | by (Boston, United States) – See all my reviews

I wish I understood how reviews are selected to be displayed as the IMDb-approved review. The current one for "The Major and the Minor" is a major disgrace. The movie article the little girl picks up at Penn Station is NOT "Why I Hit Women," by Charles Boyer, it is "Why I Hate Women." It's a joke-- obviously too subtle for some-- because Charles Boyer is of course one of the great lovers of the screen, one everyone would have known when this film was released in 1941. It's similar to when Ginger Rogers' character as a girl on the train is asked to speak Swedish for the conductors, who question her veracity. She answers, "I want to be alone." Again, this joke is something every movie viewer then would have known as an allusion to Swedish film star Greta Garbo. "The Major and the Minor" is a marvelous film and deserves better treatment on IMDb.


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