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Major and the Minor

Ginger Rogers , Ray Milland , Billy Wilder    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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On her first day of work, Sue Applegate (Ginger Rogers) has to escape the clutches of a lecherous client (Robert Benchley, whose favorite line is "Why don't you slip out of that wet coat and into a dry martini?"). Fed up with the big city, Sue decides to head home to Iowa with the precious $27.50 train fare she's kept in a sealed envelope since her arrival. The fare has gone up, however, and she is forced to pose as a 12-year-old to buy a half-price ticket. On the train, she has to dodge the suspicious conductors and bursts into the compartment of Major Phillip Kirby (Ray Milland), who falls for Sue's masquerade and harbors her for the night. The situation is further complicated by the major's fiancée (Rita Johnson) and her savvy 12-year-old sister (Diana Lynn), the only one who sees through the ruse. Add a stay at the major's academy and some escapades with young, hormone-driven cadets, and you have an enjoyable, if not quite classic, silly comedy, well paced by Billy Wilder in his first directorial effort. Rogers's real-life mother appears in a small role as Sue's mother. Rogers is only occasionally convincing as a 12-year-old, but after all she was 30 at the time. --David Horiuchi

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4.0 out of 5 stars Discovering Ginger Rodgers, without Fred Astair July 12 2004
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attached. I was pleasantly surprised by this excellent first time comendy directed by Billy Wilder. Some of the outside scenes were set at St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin.
The dialogue is smart & mature enough to hold up well 60 years later. Ginger disguies herself as a 12 yearold to get half fare on a train taking her home to Iowa from NYC.Anyone who cannot see that she is a sexy, beautiful, full grown women is an idiot. But she fools the Major played by Ray Milland. She stumbles into his private compartment, fleeing the conductors. They bond, in a way that wold get him arrested today as a pervert. But it's all innocent & hilarious in 1942. He becomes Uncle Phil & falls in love with her, uncomfortable with the fact that he thinks she is 12 year old "Zue Sue".
The scenes of her being pursued & kissed by eager, unknowing cadets half her age, are kind of 'corny' especially the seduction scene when she breaks out in a brief tap dance.
This is my second Ray Milland film in as many weeks. It could not be more different than his role as a drunk in "Lost Weekend" only several years later. I'm becoming a "late" fan of Milland & Ginger sans Fred.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic May 26 2004
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who says this movie isn't classic? it's one of the funniest. Ginger somehow manages to be a surprisingly good little girl. (if not 12, then 14 maybe, but who cares?) she should have been nominated for an oscar at least. i don't know how this one made it past the censors untouched! on the train, when Ginger wakes because of the lightning, and Ray MIlland comes down to comfort her in her bed (he doesn't know she's really an adult) we can only imaginge what's going through her mind! and when she presse her cheek against his chest? HOLY MACKERAL! He thinks she's shaking because of the lightning, but we know better, heh heh...
Ginger is also Hilarious with all the looks and wisecracks that she gives. One of the best lines she has is, after being compared to a lightbulb (moths like lightbulbs) when Ray sees a cadet smooch her. He explains ( in another risque conversation!) that she should be careful around the boys, becase they're attracted to her. She replies: I'll try to be a well behaved lightbulb! Also watch for a little tap-dancing on her part, brings back memories of the thirties. But this movie is definately one of my favories dancing or no.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspend Your Disbelief Jan. 19 2002
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This film has raised a few eyebrows over the years, since the subject matter is of a grown man falling in love with a woman pretending to be a twelve year old girl. However, upon viewing, you will discover that this comedy presents the material in such an innocent way, you simply have to suspend disbelief and enjoy the complications that ensue. Ginger Rogers is the woman/girl who pretends to be the child to get the child's fare on the train since she is short on cash, and Ray Milland is the officer she meets on the train who takes care of her. She ends up at the military school where he works, and she causes quite a sensation amongst the young cadets. But more than that, she stirs up things in the relationship between Milland and his fiancee. Rogers does as well as anyone could playing a twelve year old in pigtails, making it almost believable that she could fool everyone. She's a lot of fun and well matched by Milland. Diana Lynn is terrific as Milland's fiancee's young sister, the only one who sees through Rogers' masquerade. There's a number of really funny moments, such as Rogers fending off the juvenile advances of the young cadets, and the hair "epidemic" of the girls at the dance (I don't want to give the funny visual away). Billy Wilder's clever dialogue is a treat to listen to (as usual) and deceptively adult. If you accept the premise of the film at face value, you'll find a number of laugh-out-loud moments and endearing characters in this comedy that is one of my favourites from the early Forties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PRIME ROGERS/WILDER COMEDY Nov. 11 2001
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"Ever hear of Stevenson, Iowa? Nobody ever has. Dull. People there just walk around on two legs. Cars run on four wheels. The grass is just plain green". With this comment on her home town, pretty Susan Applegate decides that she's fed up with New York and is going back to Stevenson, green grass and all. At the train station, Sue whips out her exact fare - which she has only hoarded a year - only to find the fare has been raised. So smart Sue dresses up as a 12-year-old in order to start home on half fare............And thus begins Paramount's THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR. The Major in this case is Ray Milland, the minor is obviously Ginger. They meet on the train when Ginger, running from a suspicious conductor, breaks into the Major's compartment, says that she's feeling sick to her stomach - and soon he's telling her bedtime stories. Later, when the train is stalled, the Major wires Sue's mother thusly: "Met your daughter on train and looked out for her last night.....As we cannot proceed on account of high water, I am taking her home with me - Don't worry". Says Milland "Will that fix it"? Ginger: "It'll certainly fix Mother!!". Ginger's later mix-ups in a kid's military school make for a hilarious old-fashioned comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Roger's adorable! Sept. 3 2001
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I absolutely adore this movie (have seen it 6 x's!) Ginger Rogers plays the part of Susan Applegate who is fed up with New York and decides she's going back to her little home town. Only Problem is the train fair has gone up and she hasn't got enough money for a ticket. she get's the idea to dress up like a child so she can buy a ticket for half fair. This is where the fun really starts! She manages to find a man who's anxious to make"2 bits" posing as her "papa" and buying the ticket for his "little girl." When little Sue-Sue get's on the train however, the conductors aren't so sure that she's actually this little girl that she's pretending to be so they keep trying to trip her up with lot's of questions but she's too smart for them. She finally thinks she's home free and decides to have herself a smoke. Pretty soon the conductors spot her smoking and she quickly takes the entire cigerette into her mouth! Well, a chase insues and she ends up in the compartment of a nice man who has one bum eye and doesn't see so well. He totally believes that she's this kid and thus treats her like one. Mean while she starts to fall for him. She ends up going with him to the military school where he teaches and she has to keep up the farce of being little Sue-Sue while she's falling more and more in-love with him. Oh, so much happens and I don't want to give it all away but I'd say get this movie 'cause it's really, sweet, cute, funny and completely delightful. Ginger Rogers is Cute as heck as Sue-Sue and glamorous and beautiful as Susan Applegate. Get this one and another one of her's I'd HIGHLY recommend if you can possibly get it is PRIMROSE PATH (another total charmer!) So forget your troubles for a little while, sit back and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Major Smiles and Chuckles
This is a cute classic romantic comedy with a solid script and great actors playing the various characters contained therein. Read more
Published on May 19 2008 by Paul A. Marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars A little hard to believe but fun to watch
Ray Milland plays an extremely nearsighted "Major" in the Army. There is a war on and his goal is to get in on it before it is over. Read more
Published on July 9 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERYTHING IS JUST GINGER!
Last night (040404) I couldn't stop watching this movie, although I hadn't planned on it. Ginger may have gotten her Oscar for the unworthy Kitty Foyle, but she deserved a... Read more
Published on April 3 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but slightly perverse
This movie was pretty funny, and I really enjoyed it, but the whole thing about a 12-year-old and a full grown man was a little... weird. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Ha ha ha ha ho ho ho ho
Even if it's not a "classic," it's funny. Maybe it's not terribly believable to those who know what 12-year-olds are like, but even so, it's hilarious. Read more
Published on July 15 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars billy wilder is it!!!!
This is a fantastic movie. Even though it is Wilder's first film as a director (in Hollywood) it is very much his film. Wilder and Brackett's script is perfect. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2002 by Sarah_Aliza
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless Classic, lots of fun!
What a wonderful film! Billy Wilder has directed a cute and wonderful film that is timeless! When Susan Applegate (Ginger Rogers) has had it with the big city (New York) she... Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2002 by Teacher Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars WODNERFUL
i loved this story when i saw it a while back ago on AMC & i loved it went crazy trying 2 find it BUT ta da here it wz:D...recomend it 2 NE 1 who likes old movies:D... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2001 by "mysterylady_tx"
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