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Director:
Writers:
Charles Brackett (written by) and
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Release Date:
29 March 1943 (Sweden) 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:
Major Comedy See more (45 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 ... Capttain 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 Sommerville (uncredited)
Shirley Jean Rickert ... College Girl (uncredited)
William Roy ... Cadet Summerville (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)
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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) | Portugal:M/12 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8270)

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Trivia:
"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 14, 1951 with Ray Milland reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Susan Applegate:I'll try and be a better lightbulb Uncle Phillip.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Blues in the NightSee more »

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35 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Major Comedy, 29 October 2002
Author: eglynn

The greatest trick this movie pulls off is in fooling its audience that it is a piece of fluff. Admittedly, it is to a certain extent, but nobody is more conscious of the limitations of the genre than the makers of this film themselves. The satire on the mistaken identity disaster is so well done here that every scene contains valuable clues and cinematic winks at the viewer. Is it plausible that a 30 year old woman can pull off acting like a 12 year old? The initial response is no, which Billy Wilder and Ginger Rogers reinforce through the disconnect between Rogers' SuSu and the precocious reality of the adolescent set. The pedophilic subtext of the film seems to be a remarkable case of flipping the proverbial bird to the often restrictive framework of the romantic comedy genre. Rogers' inability to escape predatory advances - whether it be by grownups in the big city or 13 year old military school boys - is an ironic point well made by Wilder; this film indeed seems an exploration of extreme fate. Take the inevitable wedding of Pamela that occurs regardless of the identity of the groom, or the fact that on every date Rogers is subjected to go on with a Cadet, it becomes the exact same date. More to the point, the connection between Ray Milland's Major Kirby and Rogers does not change as they meet with Rogers taking on three separate incarnations. The film is indeed deceptively smart; because it refuses to beat you over the head with the fact, it is still absolutely unassuming and lovable.

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