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.