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The Major and the Minor
A woman's attempt to disguise herself as an underage girl mushrooms into a series of humorous deceptions in this romantic comedy. Ginger Rogers stars as Susan Applegate, a young woman living in New York who, nearly broke and sick of the city, decides to head home to Iowa. Lacking the money for a regular ticket, she pretends to be an unusually tall 11-year old girl named Sue-Sue in order to pay half-price. The train conductors catch on to her scheme, however, forcing her to take refuge in the car of Major Philip Kirby (Ray Milland). The kindly major virtually adopts the "lost little… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A sparkling and effervescing piece of farce-comedy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"If anybody could manage a fizzy romantic comedy of sexual repression in 1942, it was Billy Wilder, already with three screenwriting Oscar nominations under his belt and making his American directorial debut, with The Major and the Minor."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"The Major and the Minor sails along breezily from its very first scenes until its romantic ending."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Pretty irresistible, nevertheless, with Rogers doing a beautiful job of dovetailing sexual provocation and demure innocence."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The effervescent farce proved to be a classic comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Early Billy Wilder comedy starring Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland."
‑ Steve Crum,
"A fine entertainment and proof that Billy Wilder had what it took from the very start of his career."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Full delectation"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Wilder's first film isn't his best, but it's an auspicious debut."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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