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Release Date:
24 December 1942 (Mexico) See more »
Is She A Kid - Or Is She Kidding?
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 »
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  (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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Australia:G | Finland:S (1964) | Finland:K-16 (1943) | Germany:0 | Portugal:M/12 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8270)

Did You Know?

Play "Connie Goes Home" opened at 49th Street Theatre in New York City on 6 September 1923 and closed later that month after 20 performances. The leading roles were played by Berton Churchill and Sylvia Field.See more »
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 »
Mrs. Applegate:What DID happen between New York and Stevenson?
Susan Applegate:I went to a masquerade, darling.
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Wilder's debut, 10 September 2001

Ginger Rogers plays Susan Applegate who wants to leave New York behind and go back home to Iowa.But she doesn't have the railway fare so she disguises herself as a 12 year old girl to ride half fare.At the train she meets Major Philip Kirby (Ray Milland) who takes "the little girl" with him to military school.There little Susu is surrounded by all the boys because she is a knock out for a 12 year old. The Major and the Minor from 1942 is a Billy Wilder comedy with some funny moments.It's not his best work but it is much better than many comedies nowadays.Ginger Rogers is brilliant in the lead.She makes a great kid even though she doesn't seem like a kid.In 1955 they made a remake for this called You're Never Too Young with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, which was also funny.This movie is a must see for every Billy Wilder fan because this was his American debut.

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