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The Major and the Minor (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 24 December 1942 (Mexico)
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A frustrated city girl disguises herself as a youngster in order to get a cheaper train ticket home. But little "Sue Sue" finds herself in a whole heap of grown-up trouble when she hides out in a compartment with a handsome Major.


Billy Wilder
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginger Rogers ... Susan ('Sue-Sue') 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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Is She A Kid - Or Is She Kidding?


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


Remade as the 1955 Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis comedy You're Never Too Young (1955), with Lewis playing a male version of Ginger Rogers' character and Diana Lynn playing a female equivalent of Ray Milland's character. See more »


The cadet left the switchboard to get a radio, and returned with a battery portable valve radio. Although quite expensive to buy and to operate, there was a very large market for battery portable valve radios and they were very common throughout the valve era. Batteries were the only possible power supply, because valves with "heaters" used with AC mains power electricity appeared after the D.C. battery types. Texas Instruments in 1952 demonstrated their all-transistor AM radios, but their performance was well below that of equivalent battery tube models. In August 1953 a workable all-transistor radio was demonstrated at the Düsseldorf Radio Fair by the German firm Intermetall. If you had no knowledge of the existence of battery portable valve radios in 1942, you might mistakenly believe that the portable radio is a fake, because the portable transistor radio was not invented till 1952. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

"The Dutch bought New York from the Indians in 1626 and by May 1941 there wasn't an Indian left who regretted it. " See more »


References Grand Hotel (1932) See more »


Isn't It Romantic?
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played on the radio in Mr. Osborne's room
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Sounds ridiculous, but it really is good!
30 January 1999 | by Topaz2See all my reviews

I have to admit, when I first read the synopsis for this movie, it sounded so ridiculous I almost didn't watch it. I want to urge others not to make this mistake. This is one terrific film. Ginger Rogers is absolutely perfect. No, she doesn't really LOOK like she is 12, but who cares, it's a comedy. There are many humorous moments, and Rogers' character is quite well developed. Ray Milland also comes off well. This is one of Billy Wilder's finest efforts!

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Release Date:

24 December 1942 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Major and the Minor See more »


Box Office


$928,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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