The Major and the Minor (1942)

The Major and the Minor




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Movie Info

This comedy is about the budding romance between an engaged soldier and a woman posing as a 12-year-old girl.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 22, 2008
Paramount Pictures



as Susan Applegate

as Major Kirby

as Lucy Hill

as Pamela Hill

as Mr. Osborne

as Col. Hill

as Cadet Osborne

as Cadet Wigton

as Cadet Korner

as Cadet Babcock

as Cadet Miller

as Mrs. Applegate

as Rev. Doyle

as Maj. Griscom

as Cap. Durand

as Will Duffy

as Mrs. Osborne

as Mrs. Shackleford

as Little Boy in Railro...

as Little Girl in Railr...

as News Vendor

as Man with Esquire

as Bit Woman

as Farmer Truck Driver

as Bit Woman

as Station Agent

as First Ticket Agent

as First Conductor

as Conductor

as Cadet Summerville

as Bertha

as Station Agent

as Mother in Railroad S...

as Doorman

as Stationmaster

as Elevator Boy

as Deadbeat

as Ticket Agent
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Critic Reviews for The Major and the Minor

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

A sparkling and effervescing piece of farce-comedy.

Full Review… | August 14, 2007
Top Critic

Pretty irresistible, nevertheless, with Rogers doing a beautiful job of dovetailing sexual provocation and demure innocence.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The effervescent farce proved to be a classic comedy.

Full Review… | June 25, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full delectation

Full Review… | March 13, 2010

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Ridiculous plot and situations, but Ginger Rogers makes it work as she's a great comedic actress. And, oh yeah, having Billy Wilder directing (his first time) helps as well. Definitely couldn't be made again today.

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