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The Major and the Minor

Released Sep 16, 1942 1h 40m Comedy List
100% Tomatometer 19 Reviews 83% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Susan Applegate (Ginger Rogers) decides to leave New York City and take a train back to Iowa, but she has only enough money for a child's ticket. She disguises herself as a young girl and, after being discovered by the train conductor, hides out in the car of Major Kirby (Ray Milland). Kirby believes she is a child and watches after her. But as Kirby's fiancée (Rita Johnson) and others grow suspicious of Susan's ruse, her cleverness is thoroughly tested. Read More Read Less

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Variety Staff Variety A sparkling and effervescing piece of farce-comedy. Aug 14, 2007 Full Review Derek Adams Time Out Pretty irresistible, nevertheless, with Rogers doing a beautiful job of dovetailing sexual provocation and demure innocence. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 4/5 Aug 18, 2005 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia A comedy from Billy Wilder in which I spend quite a nice time with the romantic adventures of Ray Milland and Ginger Rogers. Full review in Spanish Rated: 7/10 Apr 9, 2022 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com Sure, she has her requisite moment to show off her dancing abilities, but what The Major and the Minor really showcases is Roger's dexterity for comedic timing. Rated: 3.5/5 Aug 11, 2020 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Never mind that the 31-year-old Rogers never really looks 12 -- she's funny and frisky throughout. Rated: 3/4 Oct 5, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D embarrassing for all involved. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 05/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Funny, feel good movie. Ginger Rodgers and Ray Milland, great chemistry. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review william d The film's unlikely premise is never fulfilled. I couldn't buy Ginger Rogers as a 12 year old girl for a single minute, and that kept me from buying into the entire story. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member An absolutely enchanting romance comedy with delightful chemistry between leads Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland. The film is as fun as it is funny, filled with charming moment and witty gags. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member The best comedy romance movie ever made! With the best movie quote ever spoken: "Why don't you get out of that wet coat and into a dry martini?" Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review kevin w This early Billy Wilder romantic comedy has Rogers and Milland denying their attraction for one another because of their imagined age difference. It's cute more than funny, but an honest cute, and for that enjoyable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis Susan Applegate (Ginger Rogers) decides to leave New York City and take a train back to Iowa, but she has only enough money for a child's ticket. She disguises herself as a young girl and, after being discovered by the train conductor, hides out in the car of Major Kirby (Ray Milland). Kirby believes she is a child and watches after her. But as Kirby's fiancée (Rita Johnson) and others grow suspicious of Susan's ruse, her cleverness is thoroughly tested.
Director
Billy Wilder
Producer
Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Distributor
Paramount Pictures
Production Co
Paramount
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 16, 1942, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Apr 22, 2008
Runtime
1h 40m