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on 4 January 2007
Both films are outstanding of course, but be warned that Bachelor Mother is a colorized version, ruining the stark black and white photography of this 1939 classic. The box says 'black & white', which is false. 'The Major and the Minor' is in black & white.
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on 6 January 2007
Although "Bachelor Mother" is listed on the box as "black and white" the actual DVD contains a terrible colorized version of the film. (Thoughtfully, the film begins with a statement to the effect that what we are about to see has been interfered with in ways not agreed to by the original producers. It would be nice to see that in the online product description or even on the box cover.) Turning the colour all the way down reveals, moreover, that the transfer is either poor or from a poor source - close to unwatchable. "The Major and the Minor" is actually in black and white and a better transfer, but this DVD set constitutes false advertising.
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on 24 November 2010
This film is full of lovely memories of my mum and me sitting down watching Sunday afternoon matinees when life was easy. The story line is simple a young woman eager to go home realises she has only enough money for a childs train fare. She dresses down accordingly and passes herself of as a child capturing the debonair officer Ray Milland along the way as the appropiate adult who looks after her.
The other film Bachelor mother is just as simple Ginger portrays a single shop worker who sees an old woman leaving a baby at an orphanage door. Just as Ginger picks the baby up to return her to the old woman the orphanage door opens and the obvious presumptions are made by the nurse at that point you can clearly see where this storyline is going. David Niven is the love interest. The films are pure escapism both storylines would not happen today. In todays world Ray Milland would be hauled off to prison as a child molesterer and Ginger Rogers for child neglect.
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on 15 June 2011
I bought this set for Bachelor Mother, a hugely enjoyable romantic comedy. The plot is clever, and David Niven and Ginger Rogers both perfect in their roles. If you haven't seen it, you are missing a treat. That is why I have awarded five stars.

The Major and the Minor is very dated. These days, the plot revolving round the attractions of a young woman pretending to be a twelve-year-old is distinctly dodgy, whether it's the young cadets pouncing on her or the Major finding her curiously attractive... Hmm. The characters do not convince, nor does the ending. Only worth watching as a curiosity.
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on 10 November 2011
The Major and the Minor is a treasure of a film that I would never have seen had it not been for the classic line (advertised on a film quotation site):

"Why don't you slip out of that wet coat and into a dry martini?"

Ginger Rogers is brilliant as the woman disguised as a young girl in a ruse to travel half-fare on the train and, as so often happens with one lie, many are doomed to follow as she tries to cover her tracks.

Bachelor Mother is not so good but still has its moments, especially during the festive season.
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on 6 September 2010
A romantic comedy about a girl down on her luck who meets the man of her dreams whilst disguised as a child.
Funny warm and sweet Ginger proves she could succeed without Fred.
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on 1 August 2012
This colour version of bachelor mother has nothing wrong with it compared to the awful video version. The video version has random flashes of colour with birds in it while at least this version of the film is in complete colour and it is also a wonderful film with great performances from both Ginger Rogers, David Niven and the adorable baby! The major and the minor is in black and white and a funny film which is especially interesting as Ginger Rogers said in her autobiography that she did the exact same thing on the train to get a cheaper fare when on the vaudeville circuit. Overall I would buy this and stay well away from the video version of bachelor mother.
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on 27 April 2013
I love both of these film. Batchelor Mother is a charming, funny film. David Niven and Ginger Rogers go together like strawberries and cream. Delightful old fashion comedy.
The Major and The Minor. Ginger Rogers acting as a twelve year old child so she can get half fare on the train she needs to get home on. Then Ray Milland thinking she could be that age. This should tell you what a funny film this is. I highly recommend both Films. Worth every penny I paid for the two dvd set.
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on 25 April 2013
Ordered late on Saturday evening and arrived in the post on Tuesday morning - very impressed by the service you have provided and the film, bought for Bachelor Mother, is just as good as I remember from twenty years ago, when last watched it. Happy memories and a big thank you.
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on 6 April 2014
Bachelor Mother is a brilliant funny fantasy with Ginger Rogers doing what she does best. But this version is a dreadful "colorised" version of awful quality. All the subtlety is lost and in places the quality is so bad it might as well be a cartoon.
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