IMDb > The Major and the Minor (1942)
The Major and the Minor
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Major and the Minor (1942) More at IMDbPro »


Overview

User Rating:
7.6/10   3,733 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 2% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Charles Brackett (written by) and
Billy Wilder (written by) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Major and the Minor on IMDbPro.
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 Falls for Minor See more (48 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)

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


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
100 min
Country:
Language:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Actress Diana Lynn appeared in The Major and the Minor as Lucy, the science-obsessed teenage sister of Pamela (Ginger Roger's on-screen nemesis). Thirteen years later, Diana Lynn starred in that film's remake, You're Never Too Young, this time as Nancy Collins, a female version of the role originally played by Ray Milland.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:
Maj. Philip Kirby:You know Su-Su, you're a very peculiar child.
Susan Applegate:You bet I am.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shadows of Suspense (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dream LoverSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Major Falls for Minor, 26 October 2003
Author: smithy-8 from New Jersey

"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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (48 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Major and the Minor (1942)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Who would you cast in a modern remake? artsong24
One Big Problem: Reality adamshl
Charles Boyer Avalon123
Bloopers lukefan
Why does Lucy hate her sister m-leschack
This movie was hilarious truckml
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Apartment Mildred Pierce Giant Australia Saturday's Children
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.