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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

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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
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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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This was Ginger Rogers first picture for Paramount in nine years. See more »

Goofs

The external view of the outside of Lucy Hill's house there is a six-panel front entrance door with a large brass door knocker, but when they move to the inside of the house that six-panel front entrance door is incorrectly missing the large brass door knocker. Seen early in the movie 37:28 to 37:34 and again seen 78:03 to 78:07. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Philip Kirby: Why don't they send me to Trinidad or the Canal Zone or Iceland? Anywhere.
Pamela Hill: Well, why not worry about that when and if there is a war?
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Referenced in 'Sunset Blvd.': A Look Back (2002) See more »

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Lover
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played at the dance
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Major Falls for Minor
26 October 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

"The Major and The Minor" is director, Billy Wilder's, first directorial movie, and it was a hit. About 90% of Billy Wilder's comedies were hits. It's an adorable story about a New York City working girl (Ginger Rogers) wanting to go home to Iowa, but not having enough money for the train fare so she goes as a minor (12 years old). Along the way, she meets a Major from a boys military school (Ray Milland) and gets involved with his life unintentionly and falls in love.

It is an unusual story, but it works. The chemistry between Rogers and Milland is perfection. They made a great team. In 1944, they made another terrific movie, "Lady in the Dark", which was a comedy with musical numbers. This was Ginger Rogers' best movie and Ray Milland was her best leading man. They complimented each other. Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland had something in common, they could do comedy and drama easily. Not many actors can do that.

My favorite thing about this movie is the romance, but the next thing I liked is the supporting actress, Rita Johnson, who was a superb villain in comedies. She was always fighting to get the guy.

I won't say the movie is dated but you do notice the movie represents the 1940's during the war years; it shows how the people looked and acted differently than they do today.


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