Review: ‘The Major and the Minor’

The Major and the Minor is a sparkling and effervescing piece of farce-comedy. Story [suggested by the play Connie Goes Home by Edward Childs Carpenter and the story Sunny Goes Home by Fannie Kilbourne] is light, fluffy, and frolicsome. Ginger Rogers, disillusioned by New York, decides to head back home to Iowa. Her savings are not sufficient for ticket, she dolls up as a youngster under 12 to ride on half rate. But complications arise that throw her into compartment of Ray Milland, major at a boys' military academy, and into the school for a three-day layover.

The Major and the Minor is a sparkling and effervescing piece of farce-comedy. Story [suggested by the play Connie Goes Home by Edward Childs Carpenter and the story Sunny Goes Home by Fannie Kilbourne] is light, fluffy, and frolicsome. Ginger Rogers, disillusioned by New York, decides to head back home to Iowa. Her savings are not sufficient for ticket, she dolls up as a youngster under 12 to ride on half rate. But complications arise that throw her into compartment of Ray Milland, major at a boys’ military academy, and into the school for a three-day layover.

During the interim, there’s a Cinderella- esque romance developed while Rogers, in the moppet getup, is pursued by the adolescent cadet officers for some rousing laugh episodes.

Both script and direction swing the yarn along at a consistent pace, with the laughs developing naturally and without strain.

The Major and the Minor

Production

Paramount. Director Billy Wilder; Producer Arthur Hornblow Jr; Screenplay Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder; Camera Leo Tover; Editor Doane Harrison; Music Robert Emmett Dolan; Art Director Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Ginger Rogers Ray Milland Diana Lynn Robert Benchley Rita Johnson Norma Varden

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