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
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When Susan Applegate leaves from New York's Grand Central Terminal, the train pulled by a streamlined steam locomotive, designed by Raymond Loewy, for the Pennsylvania Railroad, is in fact shown leaving from Chicago. The New York train would have been lead by an electric engine, changing to a steam locomotive in Croton-Harmon, NY, and headed toward Chicago. See more »
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 »
This classic screwball comedy marked Billy Wilder's directorial debut and in the Wilder canon it's largely been neglected but it remains a joy from start to finish with a great comic performance from that greatest of comediennes Ginger Rogers. She's a hard-boiled Hannah who has to pass for a 12 year old in order to get a half fare rail ticket, (you see, she doesn't have the money to buy an adult ticket). It's utterly ridiculous which is why it's so funny; that and the fact that it's graced with a great Wilder and Brackett script. Ray Milland is also superb as the Major of the title that she latches onto and naturally falls for and there's a terrific supporting cast that includes Robert Benchley, Diana Lynn and the underrated Rita Johnson. Of course, it lacks the cynicsm of Wilder's later work which in this case is all for the best.
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