Major and the Minor

The Major and the Minor

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Director: Billy Wilder

Cast: Billy Wilder, Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Diana Lynn

     
 

A woman's attempt to disguise herself as an underage girl mushrooms into a series of humorous deceptions in this romantic comedy. Ginger Rogers stars as Susan Applegate, a young woman living in New York who, nearly broke and sick of the city, decides to head home to Iowa. Lacking the money for a regular ticket, she pretends to be an unusually tall 11-year old girl…  See more details below

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A woman's attempt to disguise herself as an underage girl mushrooms into a series of humorous deceptions in this romantic comedy. Ginger Rogers stars as Susan Applegate, a young woman living in New York who, nearly broke and sick of the city, decides to head home to Iowa. Lacking the money for a regular ticket, she pretends to be an unusually tall 11-year old girl named Sue-Sue in order to pay half-price. The train conductors catch on to her scheme, however, forcing her to take refuge in the car of Major Philip Kirby (Ray Milland). The kindly major virtually adopts the "lost little girl," and circumstances force Susan to play along and accompany him to the local military academy. There the fun begins, as she struggles to deal with the unwelcome romantic attentions of countless young cadets and her own increasing attraction to the engaged Major Kirby. The Major and the Minor was the first Hollywood feature helmed by the legendary Billy Wilder.

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Billy Wilder jokes about slipping his American directorial debut, The Major and the Minor, past censors in 1942. Seven years before Nabokov wrote Lolita, Wilder and co-screenwriter Charles Brackett penned a script based on repressed pedophilia -- a grown man takes an undeniable interest in what he deems to be a 12- year-old girl -- and watched it become a mammoth success. The Major and the Minor was one of the year's most popular films, breaking box-office records in both Hollywood and Los Angeles. As a director, Wilder proved that he could render a taboo subject crowd-pleasing, not simply with comic irreverence, but with insight and compassion. The Major and the Minor presages an essential human aspect of what would later be called the "Lolita story": the rejuvenation a young girl inspires in her much older male counterpart. Masquerading as young Sue-Sue, Ginger Rogers unwittingly enlivens Ray Milland's Major Kirby. Wilder and his actors approach this change innocently and naturally; it is appealing and sympathetic. Moreover, Sue-Sue does not only inspire Kirby's rebirth as a man, but also as a soldier. She is a key player in his much-desired return to active military service, a fact that marks the film's sincere acknowledgement of wartime preoccupations. The Major and the Minor, despite its tawdry premise, is a precocious film with a big heart.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2008
UPC:
0025195004046
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
4,390

Special Features

Exclusive introduction by Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ginger Rogers Susan Applegate
Ray Milland Maj. Kirby
Diana Lynn Lucy Hill
Robert Benchley Mr. Osborne
Rita Johnson Pamela Hill
Edward Fielding Col. Hill
Norma Varden Mrs. Osborne
Frankie Thomas Cadet Osborne
Raymond Roe Cadet Wigton
Charles B. Smith Cadet Korner
Larry Nunn Cadet Babcock
Billy Dawson Cadet Miller
Lela E. Rogers Mrs. Applegate
Aldrich Bowker Rev. Doyle
Boyd Irwin Maj. Griscom
Byron Shores Cap. Durand
Richard Fiske Will Duffy
Gretl Dupont Mrs. Shackleford
Bill Clauson Actor
Billy Cook Actor
Dick Jones Actor
John Bogden Actor
Donald Wilmot Cadet
Ethel Clayton Bit Woman
Gloria Williams Bit Woman
Will Wright First Ticket Agent
William Newell Ticket Agent
Freddie Mercer Little Boy in Railroad Station
Carlotta Jelm Little Girl in Railroad Station
Tom McGuire News Vendor
George Anderson Man with Esquire Magazine
Stanley Andrews First Conductor
Emory Parnell Conductor
Guy Wilkerson Farmer Truck Driver
Milt Kibbee Station Agent
Archie Twitchell Sergeant
Alice Keating Nurse
Dick Chandlee Cadet
David McKim Cadet
Billy Ray Cadet Summerville
Marie Blake Bertha
Mary Field Mother in Railroad Station
Dell Henderson Doorman
Edward Peil Stationmaster
Ken Lundy Elevator Boy
Tom Dugan Deadbeat

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Screenwriter
Roland Anderson Production Designer
Charles Brackett Screenwriter
C.C. Coleman Asst. Director
Robert Emmett Dolan Score Composer
Hans Dreier Production Designer
Doane Harrison Editor
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Hornblow Producer
Leo Tover Cinematographer
Wally Westmore Makeup

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The Major and the Minor 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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This is funny and great to watch over and over.
brownsugar0842 More than 1 year ago
I actually went looking for this movie after I was reintroduced to it on AMC. I had forgotten what a fun and funny movie this is. If you like this movie which I am sure that you will you should watch My Man Godfrey and Bachelor Mother. Both of those movies are fantastic also.
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