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?


Billy Wilder was driving home from the studio one evening and pulled up at a red light next to Ray Milland. Impulsively, he called out, "I'm doing a picture. Would you like to be in it?," and the actor responded, "Sure." Wilder sent him the script, which Milland liked. 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 »


Mrs. Applegate: What DID happen between New York and Stevenson?
Susan Applegate: I went to a masquerade, darling.
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Referenced in 'Sunset Blvd.': A Look Back (2002) See more »


(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played at the dance
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Delightful, charming romantic comedy.
30 June 2002 | by (Downers Grove, Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

Billy Wilder scores an early winner with this wonderful film. The story, characters, and dialogue combine to make this a classic romantic comedy from the early 1940s, and the legendary writing combination of Wilder and Charles Bracket is as witty as ever. At a Chicago screening in June 2002, the audience was delighted by the comedy and laughed constantly -- the timelessness of this film is just one of its great qualities.

Billy Wilder was a genius, and this film is but one chapter of his saga...

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