The Major and the Minor Movie Review 1942

Information and Film Reviews for The Major and the Minor the Movie

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Very funny comedy that marked Wilder's directorial debut. Susan Applegate (Rogers) decides she's had it with New York and wants to head home to Iowa, but she only has enough money for a child's half-price train ticket. So she passes herself off as a 12-year-old (!) and then runs into problems when Army major Kirby (Milland), who's traveling to a boys military school, decides to take the child under his protective wing. Soon he's insisting Susan stay at the school until her mother (played by Rogers' mother Lela) can collect her. Potentially risque situations never cross the line into sleaze but remain bright and breezy.


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Available on VHS
Running time 101 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Screwball Comedy, Not-So-True Identity, School Daze, Trains, Military: Army, Military School
Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett
Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson, Robert Benchley, Diana Lynn, Frankie Thomas
Leo Tover
Billy Wilder
Robert Emmett Dolan
Jr. Arthur Hornblow, Paramount Pictures

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