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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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Major Philip Kirby
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Pamela Hill
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Albert Osborne
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Lucy Hill
Edward Fielding ...
Colonel Oliver Slater Hill
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Cadet Clifford Osborne
Raymond Roe ...
Cadet Lt. Anthony Wigton
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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 ...
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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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24 December 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Der Major und das Mädchen  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It was decided to include scenes of Susan's (Ginger Rogers) 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

Susan arrives at New York City's Grand Central Terminal and attempts to buy a fare from a New York Central Railroad ticket clerk. When she eventually has a ticket and is on the train, the exterior view is of a Pennsylvania Railroad train pulled by streamlined steam locomotive. That train would have departed from New York's Pennsylvania Station. See more »

Quotes

Pamela Hill: Not bad, now that your finger is out of your mouth.
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Connections

Remade as Never Been Kissed (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Isn't It Romantic?
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played on the radio in Mr. Osborne's room
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Half fare please!
28 November 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Billy Wilder and his excellent collaborator, Charles Brackett, knew what the movie going public of the time wanted to see. So, it's not a surprise they achieved a great hit with "The Major and the Minor". One has to go back to the time this film was made to realize what the creators of this comedy accomplished. This marked the first Hollywood film Mr. Wilder directed and his touch is everywhere. The movie stands the passage of time.

"The Major and the Minor" works because of its two stars. Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland were versatile actors who showed perfect chemistry in the film. Both do excellent work guided by the masterful hand of Billy Wilder.

Ginger Rogers' take on the little girl is fine. Of course, we, the viewers, know what is going on, but to the rest of the people she is nothing but the innocent, and young SuSu Applegate. Ray Milland, on the other hand, is proper throughout the film until the end, when the mystery is solved. Mr. Milland's timing is impeccable and he makes his Maj. Kirby a sort of absent minded "uncle" to the young SuSu.

Billy Wilder showed a flair for this type of comedy. He got wonderful supporting performances from Rita Johnson and the disarming Diana Lynn, as the two sisters with different viewpoints on everything. Also, the opening sequence involving the incomparable Robert Benchley shows us a lecherous man who has hired the grown up Susan for a scalp treatment, that in his mind will lead into something else. Mr. Benchley and Ms. Rogers are hilarious.

This film established Billy Wilder as a director who went far and enjoyed a long career.


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