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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.

Director:

Billy Wilder
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginger Rogers ... Susan Applegate
Ray Milland ... Major Philip Kirby
Rita Johnson ... Pamela Hill
Robert Benchley ... Albert Osborne
Diana Lynn ... Lucy Hill
Edward Fielding ... Colonel Oliver Slater Hill
Frankie Thomas ... Cadet Osborne
Raymond Roe ... Cadet Anthony Wigton Jr.
Charles Smith ... Cadet Korner
Larry Nunn ... Cadet Babcock
Billy Dawson Billy Dawson ... Cadet Miller
Lela E. Rogers ... Mrs. Applegate (as Lela Rogers)
Aldrich Bowker ... Reverend Doyle
Boyd Irwin Boyd Irwin ... Major Griscom
Byron Shores Byron Shores ... Captain Durand
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Is She A Kid - Or Is She Kidding?

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1942 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Major and the Minor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$928,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The role was very close to Ginger Rogers' heart. When she was touring America with her vaudeville act and chauffeured by her mother, Lela E. Rogers, they could not afford to pay the full fare. Ginger had to pretend to be younger by rolling her stockings down and holding her old dolly to look like a young child in order to get a cheaper fare. See more »

Goofs

When Major Kirby is Explaining the birds and bees to Sue Sue he mentions how moths are drawn to the porch light and she says that she has screens on her front porch, at the end of the movie Susan is watching the moths run into the light on a porch that has no screens. See more »

Quotes

Susan Applegate: What do you expect me to do?
Lucy Hill: Help.
Susan Applegate: I haven't any pull in the War Department. I knew a Washington Senator once. He played third base.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Hellcats (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

A-Tisket, A-Tasket
(uncredited)
Lyrics Traditional
Sung a cappella by Ginger Rogers
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Delightful, charming romantic comedy.
30 June 2002 | by Dan BurgessSee all my reviews

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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