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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

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 ...
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:

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

When 'Susu' is asked by the 2 train conductors to prove she's of 'Swedish stock' by saying something 'Swedish,' she replies; 'I want to be alone,' quoting the famous line spoken by Greta Garbo (who was originally from Sweden) in Grand Hotel (1932), which she parodied in her appearance in Ninotchka (1939), of which Billy Wilder was one of the screenwriters. 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

Mr. Osborne: Why don't you get out of that wet coat and into a dry martini?
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Referenced in 'Sunset Blvd.': A Look Back (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Wilder's debut

Ginger Rogers plays Susan Applegate who wants to leave New York behind and go back home to Iowa.But she doesn't have the railway fare so she disguises herself as a 12 year old girl to ride half fare.At the train she meets Major Philip Kirby (Ray Milland) who takes "the little girl" with him to military school.There little Susu is surrounded by all the boys because she is a knock out for a 12 year old. The Major and the Minor from 1942 is a Billy Wilder comedy with some funny moments.It's not his best work but it is much better than many comedies nowadays.Ginger Rogers is brilliant in the lead.She makes a great kid even though she doesn't seem like a kid.In 1955 they made a remake for this called You're Never Too Young with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, which was also funny.This movie is a must see for every Billy Wilder fan because this was his American debut.


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