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½ June 3, 2016
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.
March 12, 2015
Greatest movie ever! Ginger is the bomb!
August 24, 2014
I SAW THIS MOVIE A YEAR WITH A FRIEND A YEAR OR TWO AFTER ITS RELEASE WE WERE 9 AND I CAN REMEMBER HOW WE LAUGHED AT THE IDEA THAT ANYONE COULD HAVE ACCEPTED GINGER ROGERS AS A PRE TEEN SHE WAS OLDER THAN OUR MOTHERS, AND WOULD HAVE HAD TO PASS AS SOMEONE 2 YEARS OLDER THAN WE WERE SHE WAS FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE 31
½ July 24, 2014
(First and only viewing - 4/8/2010)
January 27, 2014
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.
½ September 7, 2013
A remarkable and terrifically fun romantic comedy. They just don't make 'em like they used to.
June 8, 2013
After a young woman is forced to disguise herself as a 12-year old girl to get her train ticket for half price, she meets a major who is she meets a major who is strangely attracted to her. Wilder is not afraid to go around the code restrictions by creating a comedic situation with intelligently placed sexual undertones. It is his delicacy too, mixed with a well timed performance by Ginger Rogers who has arguably never been funnier, that makes the story believable and entertaining.
May 12, 2013
A Charming movie very funny and it something that couldn't be made today. Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland have chemistry together this film is also noteworthy because it the first feature film directed by the great billy wilder. Definitely give this movie a look it well worth it especially if your a billy wilder fan
April 16, 2013
this movie is that enjoyable,,,everything was just seems right :)
February 27, 2013
Very good plot and acting. Rogers' performance excels as "Little Susu" and Milland is a good supporting actor.
½ February 6, 2013
This is such an enjoyable and funny film you can't help but love it, and after you love it for its witty dialogue and direction you may just find yourself pondering about how deep this romantic comedy really goes. Rogers is simply amazing in her role and it's interesting to see her switching between the two ages flawlessly. Milland is of course wonderful as well. No doubt audiences find it quite ridiculous to believe Rogers passes as a teenager but that's where the undertones of "a message to the story" begin. A wonderful film on many levels it's like a movie that just keeps giving as you go back and watch it again you discover more that you hadn't seen or comprehended the last time.
½ January 3, 2013
A woman disguises herself as a child to save on a train fare and is taken in charge by an army man who doesn't notice the truth.
October 12, 2012
Wilder at his most interpersonally subversive, and Ginger Rogers at her best.
April 9, 2012
catchy och välspelad men ganska unken och överflödig i sin plott. inte så angelägen.
March 19, 2012
Great movie a woman masqurades as a young girl to afford a ticket home, is rescued by a major and ends up falling in love.
January 14, 2012
This funny romantic comedy is full of delightful performances from Ginger Rogers, and there are all sort of funny diverse delights sprinkled throughout this film.
October 8, 2011
The Major and the Minor is written and directed by Billy Wilder, so you can be pretty confident it's the best movie about a woman pretending to be 12-years-old to save $16 on train fare there is. It's enormously silly, occasionally creepy to a modern audience, but always entertaining. Ray Millan's Major ("Call me Uncle Philip, hmm? Do you have a nightie with you?") is the only one doesn't think Ginger Rogers's Minor looks a tad older and slightly too womanly ("Looks kinda filled out for 12," a conductor comments pretty early on), but of course that's the joke. Once you accept what's going on here, it's good fun.
September 21, 2011
It's unbelievable that this premise works, and it couldn't possibly today, but leave it to Billy Wilder to get the job done. This was his first directed film in America (though he already had a number of Oscar nominations for writing) and he admittedly chose it because he knew its mainstream popularity would allow him more freedom to direct some darker and more complex films later. Besides the sharp writing, the keys to the film's success are Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland, both of whom have the kind of natural charm needed to make these characters instantly likable. Sure, anyone watching the film can see that Rogers isn't a twelve-year-old girl, but we believe she has enough brains and wit to pull a fast one on the people of the movie, and that's just fine. Wilder directs with the typical precision he would become famous for later. This is the kind of film, even if isn't one of his major masterpieces, that shows why he was such a unique treasure- if this premise hadn't been tried by him, it wouldn't have been tried at all; luckily it was, and it has enchantment galore.
August 18, 2011
"The Major and the Minor" is one of the many delightful movies put out in the '40's. Sue Applegate (Rogers) is a working woman in a big city, but soon she gets tired of it and wants to get home to Iowa and live with her mom again. When getting the train ticket, she realizes she doesn't have enough money, so she decides to dress- up as a twelve year old girl to get in. When she actually makes it, she gets mixed up with Major Kirby (Milland) and when he takes her to his base, that's when things get messy. This is the great Billy Wilders directional debut, and that for me was a good enough sign that this would be excellent. I was right! He had really only worked with Charles Brackett on scripts for classics like "Ninotchka" and "Ball of Fire", and I'm guessing he had to have gotten tired of it. This comedy brings out the fun in both Milland and Rogers, and even though the plot is down- right silly, its a joy to watch. Rogers provides many laughs (even though she left Fred Astaire for hemm hemm ... "dramatic roles"), and it's fun to see what lengths her character has to go to just to get a train ticket. Even the usually dramatic actor Ray Milland does a superb job! This is a really good movie, and I think you would really like it if you are a big fan of screwball comedies.
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