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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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Billy Wilder's directorial debut in the U.S. See more »


At the dance, every girl from Mrs. Shackleford's academy who we see sitting in a chair has her hair hanging over half of her face in a parody of the hair style of Veronica Lake, but when we see them dancing, none of them is wearing her hair this way. See more »


Mrs. Applegate: What DID happen between New York and Stevenson?
Susan Applegate: I went to a masquerade, darling.
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Referenced in The Seven Year Itch (1955) 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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