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The Major and the Minor Poster
Released Runtime Category
1942 101 Comedy, Romance
Director Language
Billy Wilder English
Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson, Diana Lynn

The Major and the Minor

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What's it About

Unable to pay for a train ticket back home to Iowa, big-city office worker Sue Applegate (Rogers) decides to pose as a twelve year-old girl for a reduced fare. On the train, kind Major Kirby (Milland) takes "Sue-Sue" under his wing, but her scheme is in danger of exposure once Kirby's fiancée (Johnson) and her in- the-know 12-year-old sister (Lynn) enter the picture. Also, little Sue's developing a not-so-little crush on the Major.

Why we love it

Leave it to legendary director Billy Wilder to turn what could have been a dunderheaded studio comedy into a first-rate howler with satirical overtones. With puckish irreverence, Wilder — in his directorial debut — shouldered a potentially dicey subject (a blossoming romance between a soldier and a minor) and lathered it with just enough intelligence, wit and compassion to please Hollywood audiences! Rogers and Milland play their roles with an insouciant innocence, too, under his peerless direction. You’ll love “The Major and the Minor,” a madcap Lolita story like no other!

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