Major and the Minor

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A very excellent comedy

by on 7/23/2008

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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.


Studio Universal
SKU 206782290
UPC 025195004046
UPC 14 00025195004046
Format DVD
Rating NR
Editors Note
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.
Entertainment Weekly "...[Rogers] adds tang to the fluffy farce....A delight..." -- Rating: A- 05/29/1998 p.82
Billy Wilder
Ginger Rogers
Ray Milland
Cast & Crew
Arthur Hornblow, Jr. - Producer
Billy Wilder - Screenplay
Billy Wilder - Director
Charles Brackett - Screenplay
Doane Harrison - Editor
Edward Childs Carpenter - Based On Play By
Ginger Rogers - Actor
Hans Dreier - Art Director
Leo Tover - Cinematographer
Ray Milland - Actor
Rita Johnson - Actor
Robert Benchley - Actor
Robert Emmett Dolan - Original Music By
Roland Anderson - Art Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1942
Catalog ID 61100481
UPC 00025195004046
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource Classic Film Guide
Review 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?
ReviewRating 8
DVD, English, French, Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Channel 4 Film A fine entertainment and proof that Billy Wilder had what it took from the very start of his career.
Variety A sparkling and effervescing piece of farce-comedy.

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