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The Major and the Minor 1942 123movies

The Major and the Minor 1942 123movies

Is she a kid - or is she kidding?Sep. 16, 1942100 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – New York working girl Susan Applegate is desperate to go home to Iowa but does not have the railway fare so she disguises herself as a child to ride half fare. Enroute she meets Philip Kirby, an Army major teaching at a military school.
Plot: Susan Applegate, tired of New York after one year and twenty-five jobs, decides to return to her home town. Discovering she hasn’t enough money for the train fare, Susan disguises herself as a twelve-year-old and travels for half the price. Caught out by the conductors, she hides in the compartment of Major Philip Kirby, a military school instructor who takes the “child” under his wing.
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A great screwball comedy
Ginger Rogers was lucky in that she wasn’t pigeonholed into being a specific type of character and that she can play a variety of characters in different roles. She demonstrated a real knack for comedy here, in Billy Wilder’s first job of direction. Ginger Rogers can’t afford an adult train fare to Iowa, so she disguises herself as a pre-teen, and from there the film progresses into one long funny con-game.

I loved watching Ginger assemble her little girl outfit in the bathroom of the train station. Granted, even without makeup and with her hair in pigtails, Rogers does not look 12. However, that is also part of the comedy of the film. Co-star Ray Milland’s character has poor eyesight in one eye and as a result, he cannot tell that she simply looks too old to be 12. I thought Rogers looked very pretty with just minimal makeup and with the darker hair.

Milland’s character’s fiancee’s sister, Lucy, was hilarious and she was the one person who called Rogers out on her farce right away. Lucy is the real brains in the film and she actually says what the audience is thinking: “She doesn’t look 12!” I loved how she blackmailed Rogers into helping out Milland whom Lucy seems to genuinely care about. She does not like her sister. And good for Rogers for being a 20-something ( actually a 30-something) who could still fit into a teenager’s clothes! The squeaky voiced cadets at the school were funny with them all having the same pickup line about Sudan. I especially liked the cadet who thought he was more sophisticated because he was from New York. The actor played Nancy Drew’s boyfriend Ted Nickerson (Ned Nickerson in the books) in the “Nancy Drew” films with Bonita Granville.

Robert Benchley was great as Rogers’ old customer who by sheer coincidence is the father of the New York cadet. He always did the befuddled sophisticate very well and with great dry humor.

There were many things in this film that I recognized from I Love Lucy. 1) Rogers’ hair treatment on Benchley with the oil, eggs and painful massage is similar to Lucy’s scalp treatment on Ricky when he thinks he’s losing is hair. 2) The cadets sing “Sweet Sue” on the way to picking up Rogers. That song was the song that the Ricardos and Mertzes sing in the “Breaking the Lease” episode. 3) Benchley’s character’s wife played Mrs. Benson in the episode where Lucy and Ricky moved into the 2-bedroom apartment.

What was so interesting was the whole angle of an adult pretending to be a child who is falling in love with an adult who thinks she’s a child. I thought it was strange when Milland complimented “12 year old” Rogers on her legs saying that they were a “nice shape” (or something like that). That seems like a strange comment to make toward a child. It’s not something you’d see today in film.

I liked that Milland’s character kept meeting Rogers at all these different ages: 12, 20s, presumably 40s-50s and didn’t really seem to question it, only that it was remarkable how all these ladies look so much alike.

I saw this on the Universal DVD (although it’s actually a Paramount film) the other night, and Robert Osborne’s introduction is great, but it is a bit sad seeing him looking so hearty and strong in this eight year old DVD release versus the downturn his health has taken recently.

Review By: AlsExGal Rating: 8 Date: 2016-05-13
Wilder’s Directing Debut – “Su-Su you’re a knockout!”
Billy Wilder, like his contemporary Preston Sturgis, gained attention in Hollywood at Paramount Studio as a screen writer. And oddly enough both decided to become directors because of unfair feelings towards the work of director Mitchell Leisin with their scripts. Wilder did not like Leisin’s work with MIDNIGHT, and Sturgis did not like his work with REMEMBER THE NIGHT. It was unfair because Leisin did not have the cynical edge of Wilder and Sturgis, but Leisin was into bringing a more human element into his films (oddly enough, in later years, Wilder would too). They both got permission from Paramount to direct – Wilder a little after Sturgis did, because Sturgis had demonstrated he could be quite successful as a director.

THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR is Wilder’s first film as director, and his first comedy. He demonstrated in it that he was above average in his ability to direct, getting the first good performance he got out of Ray Milland and an equally good one out of Ginger Rogers. He and his partner Charles Brackett did the screenplay here – a simple story of a woman who gets fed up with her failing life in New York City, and decides to return (however regretfully it may seem) to her small mid-western town. But Susan Applegate has a problem – she hasn’t enough money for her ticket by train. Then she discovers she does have enough for her ticket if she can convince everyone she is a very tall teenager. So she does, as twelve year old “Su Su Applegate”. Complete with pig-tales and a balloon (and temporarily accompanied by Tom Dugan, who agrees to be her “father” for a price) “Su Su” gets her ticket, only to be cheated by Dugan out of most of the remaining money she was carrying (she does kick him though!).

She ends up hiding from suspicious conductors in a private sleeping compartment with Major Philip Kirby (Milland), who is returning to his job at a military academy after a fruitless attempt to get into the war effort (it is 1942). Kirby is engaged to the daughter of the commandant of the academy, Pamela Hill (Rita Johnson). What he doesn’t know is that Pamela is determined to undermine every attempt he makes to get a war job. She has connections through her father’s friends, which she uses like an expert. It helps that Philip has an eye problem (though not a major one).

Because she is traveling alone, Philip takes Su-Su to the academy until they can have her picked up or driven to her home. She becomes an instant social success with all of the cadets – most of whom test out their young libidos on her by demonstrating how the Nazi blitzkrieg by-passed the Maginot Line (you have to see it to believe it). Only one person is not taken in – Pamela’s sister Lucy (Diana Lynn). Lucy is going to be a scientist, and she can tell that Su-Su is just too well developed to be her age. But Lucy and Su-Su soon develop a close friendship (as Lucy eventually admits, Susan is far more of a sister to her than Pamela ever was). So Su-Su’s secret is safe – and she and Lucy soon are trying to figure out how to counteract Pamela’s efforts against Philip.

The film has many lovely touches, like Su-Su taking over the switch board (the cadet who is caught as a result, and who has been listening to “My Mother Done Told Me”, looks angrily at her and yells out “A woman’s a two-face!”). There are also the appearances of Robert Benchley as the amorous Mr. Osborne, who knew Susan as Susan in New York, but meets Su-Su at a dance at the military academy (Benchley’s son is a cadet there). He goes crazy trying to figure out where he met this girl before.

But best is the interaction between Milland and Rogers, one highlight of which shows Wilder at his wickedest (and would not be repeated in 1940s comedies again). Trying to get little Su-Su to be careful with the cadets, “Uncle Philip” gives her a “birds and the bees” lecture. She asks him if he thinks she is attractive. He looks carefully at her, and says, “Why Su-Su you’re a knockout!’ She leaves, and he shuts the door smiling. The smile has a touch too much teeth in it – almost a sensual smile. And Milland realizes it…and a moment later he cringes thinking that he is becoming a potential child molester.

Will Philip get his wartime commission? Will Pamela get defeated, and Susan eventually reveal herself to Philip as a grown woman (she likes him very much)? You have to see the film to see how it works out. It also has the added attraction of Ginger Roger’s mother Leila playing Susan’s mother. Altogether a capital film, and a good directorial debut for Wilder.

Review By: theowinthrop Rating: 10 Date: 2006-03-29

Other Information:

Original Title The Major and the Minor
Release Date 1942-09-16
Release Year 1942

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated Passed
Genre Comedy, Romance
Director Billy Wilder
Writer Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Edward Childs Carpenter
Actors Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson
Country United States
Awards 3 wins
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length 2,743.8 m (10 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

The Major and the Minor 1942 123movies
The Major and the Minor 1942 123movies
The Major and the Minor 1942 123movies
Original title The Major and the Minor
TMDb Rating 7 92 votes

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