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Director: Billy Wilder     Starring: Ginger Rogers Ray Milland
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Format: DVD
Sku: 206782290
UPC: 025195004046
UPC 14: 00025195004046
Category Keywords: Children  Farce  On-The-Road  Racy  Recommended
Rating: NR
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An Unforgettably Charming Comedy.
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.

"A fine entertainment and proof that Billy Wilder had what it took from the very start of his career.  Channel 4 Film
"A sparkling and effervescing piece of farce-comedy.  Variety

Editor's Note
One wonders how greatly Billy Wilder's farce about an older man's unusual interest in a teenaged girl would have to be altered to be remade now. It stars Ginger Rogers as Susan Applegate, a young woman forced to disguise herself as a 12-year-old girl to get a half-price ticket while traveling from New York to her home town. En route, she meets Major Kirby (Ray Milland), an instructor at a military school who is unable to figure out the mysterious quality which draws him to the seemingly innocent young girl. Flooding on the tracks on the outskirts of town brings Kirby's fiancee Pamela (Rita Johnson) to the train, where she finds that he allowed Susan to spend the night in the lower berth of his compartment. To prove his story he brings her back to the school, until she can be taken home, housing her with Pamela. Although her younger sister Lucy (Diana Lynn) sees through the ruse, her hatred for her sister creates a bond with Susan. The light romantic comedy, Wilder's first American film as a director, features his favorite motif of disguise and deception. Despite the genre, the scenes between Roges and wised-up child prodigy Diana Lynn are the best in the film.


Video Features DVD, English, French, Dolby, Digital Audio

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/22/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 101 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1942
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 61100481
Video UPC UPC: 00025195004046
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ginger Rogers
Video Cast Info Ray Milland
Video Cast Info Rita Johnson
Video Cast Info Robert Benchley
Video Cast Info Arthur Hornblow, Jr. - Producer
Video Cast Info Billy Wilder - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Billy Wilder - Director
Video Cast Info Charles Brackett - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Doane Harrison - Editor
Video Cast Info Edward Childs Carpenter - Based On Play By
Video Cast Info Hans Dreier - Art Director
Video Cast Info Leo Tover - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Robert Emmett Dolan - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Roland Anderson - Art Director

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...[Rogers] adds tang to the fluffy farce....A delight..." -- Rating: A- 05/29/1998 p.82

Classic Film Guide 8 of 10
A very amusing Billy Wilder directed comedy featuring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland. Rogers plays a woman working in the big city, who's tired of all the "come ons" from all the men, particularly the married ones. So, with the money she saved for just this purpose, she goes to the train station to buy a ticket home. When the train fare is more than it was, she must pose as a child in order to afford the ticket home. On her journey, she meets soldier instructor Milland, whom the woman in her is attracted to, but unfortunately he's engaged & thinks she's a teenager. However, she ends up being a guest of his fiancee (Rita Johnson), rooming with Johnson's younger sister Diana Lynn (whose performance is great!). And, she's a hit with all the cadets at the academy where Milland teaches; they literally fall over one other to date and dance with her. When Rogers learns that Johnson has conspired against letting Milland realize his dream of joining the fight overseas, she decides to disrupt things. Can it possibly lead to Milland and Rogers getting together?

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