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The Major and the Minor

The Major and the Minor (1942)

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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

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Drama, Classics, Comedy

Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett

Apr 22, 2008

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (0) | DVD (5)

A sparkling and effervescing piece of farce-comedy.

August 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Pretty irresistible, nevertheless, with Rogers doing a beautiful job of dovetailing sexual provocation and demure innocence.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Miss Rogers and Mr. Milland have played it with spirit and taste. Never once does either permit the suggestion of a leer to creep in.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The Wilder ironies and favorite themes--sexual deception, innuendo, the power of words to slice up and serve a character -- are all present in abundance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The effervescent farce proved to be a classic comedy.

June 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Full delectation

March 13, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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If anybody could manage a fizzy romantic comedy of sexual repression in 1942, it was Billy Wilder, already with three screenwriting Oscar nominations under his belt and making his American directorial debut, with The Major and the Minor.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Early Billy Wilder comedy starring Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland.

March 22, 2008
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Wilder's first film isn't his best, but it's an auspicious debut.

December 4, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The Major and the Minor sails along breezily from its very first scenes until its romantic ending.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A fine entertainment and proof that Billy Wilder had what it took from the very start of his career.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for The Major and the Minor

A very funny movie and an interesting story, but you really have to suspend your disbelief when it comes to mistaking Ginger Rogers for a pre-teen girl.
October 11, 2010
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Something that could never be made today but coming from a more innocent time this is a sweet little comedy. Ginger is sly and funny as the masquerading lass, Ray Milland properly befuddled and Diana Lynn great as the wised up sister. All done with a light touch by Wilder.
April 15, 2010
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