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Director:
Writers:
Charles Brackett (written by) and
Billy Wilder (written by) ...
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Release Date:
24 December 1942 (Mexico) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Is She A Kid - Or Is She Kidding?
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Delightful, charming romantic comedy. See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ginger Rogers ... Susan Applegate

Ray Milland ... Major Kirby
Rita Johnson ... Pamela Hill

Robert Benchley ... Mr. Osborne

Diana Lynn ... 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)

Aldrich Bowker ... Reverend Doyle
Boyd Irwin ... Major Griscom
Byron Shores ... Captain Durand

Richard Fiske ... Will Duffy

Norma Varden ... Mrs. Osborne
Gretl Dupont ... Mrs. Shackleford
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Anderson ... Train Passenger with Esquire Magazine (uncredited)

Stanley Andrews ... Conductor #1 (uncredited)
Vangie Beilby ... Woman in Train Station (uncredited)

Marie Blake ... Bertha (uncredited)
John Bogden ... Cadet (uncredited)
Carl R. Botefuhr ... Cadet (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Dick Chandlee ... Cadet (uncredited)
Bill Clauson ... Cadet (uncredited)

Ethel Clayton ... Cadet Ball Guest (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Officer (uncredited)
Stanley Desmond ... Cadet Shumaker (uncredited)
Tom Dugan ... Con Man in Railraod Station (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Man Coming Out of Elevator (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Wilbur & Margie's Mother in Railroad Station (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Guest at Cadet Ball (uncredited)
Ralph Gilliam ... Cadet (uncredited)
Kenneth Grant ... Cadet (uncredited)
Lynda Grey ... Cadet Ball Guest (uncredited)
Bradley Hail ... Cadet (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Cadet Ball Guest (uncredited)
Dell Henderson ... Doorman (uncredited)
Carlotta Jelm ... Margie - Little Girl in Railroad Station (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Boy in Dancing Scene (uncredited)
Alice Keating ... Nurse (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Station Agent (uncredited)
Stephen Kirchner ... Cadet (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Man in Apartment Hallway (uncredited)
Jack Lindquist ... Cadet (uncredited)
Ken Lundy ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
David McKim ... Cadet (uncredited)
Freddie Mercer ... Wilbur - Little Boy in Railroad Station (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Cadet Ball Guest (uncredited)
William Newell ... Ticket Agent #2 (uncredited)
Buster Nichols ... Cadet (uncredited)
Billy O'Kelly ... Cadet (uncredited)

Emory Parnell ... Conductor #2 (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Stationmaster (uncredited)
Jim Pilcher ... Cadet (uncredited)
Billy Ray ... Cadet Summerville (uncredited)

Shirley Jean Rickert ... College Girl (uncredited)
William Roy ... Cadet (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell ... Cadet Sergeant at Main Gate (uncredited)
Gloria Williams ... Cadet Ball Guest (uncredited)
Don Wilmot ... Cadet (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Ticket Agent #1 (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Wilder 
 
Writing credits
Charles Brackett (written by) and
Billy Wilder (written by)

Edward Childs Carpenter (suggested by a play by)

Fanny Kilbourne (from a story by) (as Fannie Kilbourne)

Produced by
Arthur Hornblow Jr. .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Emmett Dolan (music score)
 
Cinematography by
Leo Tover (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Doane Harrison (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hans Dreier 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Don Johnson .... sound recordist
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Laszlo .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Walter Scharf .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Andrea Setaro .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S (1964) | Finland:K-16 (1943) | Germany:0 | Portugal:M/12 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8270)

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Trivia:
Ginger Rogers recently had won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Actress for Kitty Foyle (1940) and now was in a position to select her own director. Agent Leland Hayward represented both Rogers and Billy Wilder, who asked him to intercede with her on his behalf, and Charles Brackett also urged her to meet the neophyte director. She agreed, and she and the screenwriters met during the filming of Roxie Hart (1942). They pitched the movie during lunch at an Italian restaurant, and Rogers later recalled Wilder "was charming, a European gentleman . . . I've always been a good judge of character. decided then and there that both of us would get along and that Wilder had the qualities to become a good director . . . felt he would be strong, and that Wilder would listen. Wilder certainly understood how to pay attention to a woman." What also appealed to Rogers was the basic concept of the film. As a younger woman, she had pretended to be eligible for a child's fare when traveling by train with her cash-strapped mother on more than one occasion, so she easily identified with the plot and agreed to make the film.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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:
Mr. Osborne:You know what I told the mayor? That my only regret is that I have but one wife to give to my country.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Grand Hotel (1932/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
Isn't It Romantic?See more »

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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Delightful, charming romantic comedy., 30 June 2002
Author: Dan Burgess (danburgess67@yahoo.com) from Downers Grove, Illinois, USA

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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