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The Major and the Minor [DVD]

Ginger Rogers , Ray Milland , Billy Wilder    DVD
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  • Actors: Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson, Robert Benchley, Diana Lynn
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Writers: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, Edward Childs Carpenter, Fanny Kilbourne
  • Producers: Arthur Hornblow Jr.
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00005JOCV

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK 23 Mar 2014
By Keith
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ginger Rogers is one of my favourite actresses. The script is quite tame although Ginger gives it her best shot.Not one of her best films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "You should be very glad I'm not 12. I was a very straightforward child. I used to spit". 20 Feb 2008
By Byron Kolln - Published on
Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland star in master director Billy Wilder's 1942 screwball comedy classic THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR, a rollercoaster ride of laughs from beginning to end.

Fed up with her life in New York, Susan Applegate (Ginger Rogers) decides to go back to her small town in Iowa. Flat broke except for the $27.50 train fare which will carry her home, Susan discovers to her horror that the fares have increased. Disguising herself as a 12-year-old girl, "Su-Su" qualifies for the cheaper train fare but later gets sprung by the conductors. Seeking refuge in the first-class compartment belonging to Major Philip Kirby (Ray Milland), "Su-Su"'s kiddie act works and the near-sighted Major is completely charmed by the 'youngster'. But all hell breaks loose when Kirby invites her to stay with his fiancee's family at their house in the cadet academy! As Susan struggles to uphold her masquerade, she finds herself falling for the dashing Major...

In my opinion, THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR is Ginger Rogers' best movie aside from her Academy Award-winning triumph in "Kitty Foyle". She's an absolute riot with her performance, which runs the complete spectrum during her scenes as alter-ego "Su-Su". Ray Milland likewise follows suit with a well-judged performance as Major Kirby. The talented cast also boasts top performances from Diana Lynn and Rita Johnson. The laugh-a-minute screenplay by Billy Wilder and frequent collaborator Charles Brackett is still remarkably fresh. It was loosely-based on a story by Fanny Kilbourne entitled "Sunny Goes Home"; later turned into a play ("Connie Goes Home") by Edward Childs Carpenter.

This movie has been a long time coming to DVD. Part of Universal's Cinema Classics line, the disc will also include a special introduction from Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne.
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic 26 May 2004
By Steven L. Katz - Published on
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.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy at its best 19 Jan 2005
By M. Ferrer - Published on
When Fernando Trueba won the oscar for Belle Epoque, he said "I do not believe in God, but I believe in Billy Wilder". It was said that a few days later phone rang at Trueba's house, he picked it up and said hello. The voice at the other side said: Hello This is God.

I have alwyas being a great fan of Mr Wilder, and this film being his first in America, just shown how wonderful director he was.

Susan Applegate after a series of misfortunes in the big city is tired, and she wants go home, but she has no money for the train ticket, so disguises as a minor she is in her way home.At the train she mets Major Kirby (Ray Milland), worried for a poor 12 years old gril travelling along he takes care of her, and takes her to the military academy where he is teaching.

From this moment on there is a funny film, with the struggles of Sue to leave the place and the difficult situation for Kirby who is attracted to a minor. Wilder makes a great script and you will be laughing all the time. This is one film that can be considered as a classic comedy with funny Robert Benchley and Ray Milland, who although not one of my favourites, certainly is perfect in this film.

But Ginger Rogers is the best. Her scene at the train when she meets Kirby is hilarious and she keeps the high level of the comedy all the time. If you think she could only dance with Fred better think it twice, because she will surprise you.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspend Your Disbelief 20 Jan 2002
By James L. - Published on
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Roger's adorable! 4 Sep 2001
By Christine Casey - Published on
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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