The Major and the Minor (1942)




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This comedy is about the budding romance between an engaged soldier and a woman posing as a 12-year-old girl.
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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Paramount Pictures


Ginger Rogers
as Susan Applegate
Ray Milland
as Maj. Kirby
Diana Lynn
as Lucy Hill
Rita Johnson
as Pamela Hill
Robert Benchley
as Mr. Osborne
Edward Fielding
as Col. Hill
Frankie Thomas
as Cadet Osborne
Raymond Roe
as Cadet Wigton
Charles Smith
as Cadet Korner
Larry Nunn
as Cadet Babcock
Billy Dawson
as Cadet Miller
Lela E. Rogers
as Mrs. Applegate
Aldrich Bowker
as Rev. Doyle
Boyd Irwin
as Maj. Griscom
Byron Shores
as Capt. Durand
Richard Fiske
as Will Duffy
Norma Varden
as Mrs. Osborne
Gretl Dupont
as Mrs. Shackleford
Stanley Desmond
as Shumaker
Freddie Mercer
as Little Boy in Railroad Station
Carlotta Jelm
as Little Girl in Railroad Station
Tom McGuire
as News Vendor
George Anderson
as Man with Esquire
Guy Wilkerson
as Farmer Truck Driver
Ethel Clayton
as Bit Woman
Gloria Williams
as Bit Woman
Milton Kibbee
as Station Agent
Will Wright
as First Ticket Agent
Archie Twitchell
as Sergeant
John Bogden
as Cadet
Stanley Andrews
as First Conductor
Billy Rayes
as Cadet Summerville
Emory Parnell
as Conductor
Marie Blake
as Bertha
Mary Field
as Mother in Railroad Station
Milt Kibbee
as Station Agent
Dell Henderson
as Doorman
Edward Peil Sr.
as Stationmaster
Ken Lundy
as Elevator Boy
David McKim
as Cadet
Tom Dugan
as Deadbeat
William Newell
as Ticket Agent
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Critic Reviews for The Major and the Minor

All Critics (15) | 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 23, 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… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The effervescent farce proved to be a classic comedy.

Full Review… | June 24, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full delectation

Full Review… | March 13, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Major and the Minor


Wilder's directorial debut also co-wrote script sorry I try but I can't buy Rogers as a 12 year old too bad they didn't cast shirley temple but this is paramount and she was at RKO at the time-I think.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

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
Aj V

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