MAJOR AND THE MINOR
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Academy Award winners Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland sparkle in this debut comedy from Academy Award-winning writer-director Billy Wilder. A frustrated city girl (Rogers) decides to disguise herself as a youngster in order to get a cheaper train ticket home. But little "Sue Sue" finds herself in a whole heap of grown-up trouble when she hides out in a compartment with handsome Major Kirby (Milland) and he insists on taking her to his military academy after the train is stalled. This "memorable comedy" (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide) is a laugh-out-loud classic for all ages!
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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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This was the first movie that I saw with Ginger Rogers without Fred Astair. Loved it.Published 21 months ago by Col Wichers
This is a cute classic romantic comedy with a solid script and great actors playing the various characters contained therein. Read morePublished on May 19 2008 by Paul A. Marsh
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 morePublished on July 9 2006 by B. Chandler
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 morePublished on April 3 2004
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 morePublished on Dec 27 2002
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 morePublished on July 15 2002
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 morePublished on Feb. 2 2002 by Sarah_Aliza