The Major and the Minor
The Major and the Minor (1942)

This comedy is about the budding romance between an engaged soldier and a woman posing as a 12-year-old girl.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1942
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
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Variety Staff

A sparkling and effervescing piece of farce-comedy.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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.

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Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Pretty irresistible, nevertheless, with Rogers doing a beautiful job of dovetailing sexual provocation and demure innocence.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The effervescent farce proved to be a classic comedy.

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Steve Crum

Early Billy Wilder comedy starring Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Full delectation

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Wilder's first film isn't his best, but it's an auspicious debut.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A very funny movie and an interesting story, but you really have to suspend your disbelief when it comes to mistaking Ginger Rogers for a pre-teen girl.
jay nixon
Something that could never be made today but coming from a more innocent time this is a sweet little comedy. Ginger is sly and funny as the masquerading lass,… More