Thursday, January 28, 2010

365 Movies: The Major and the Minor Review

The Major and the Minor stars Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Diana Lynn, and Rita Johnson in this 1942 film directed by Billy Wilder. The film is about a woman named Susan Applegate(Rogers), who is sick and tired with how her life in New York is going, so she decides to leave and return back home. When she gets to the train station and is all set to pay for her fare, she soon finds out she is short of money. Her solution is to dress up like a 12 year old, in order to get on the train for half the price. Aboard the train, she meets Major Phillip Kirby(Milland) and he sends her off with him to a military school, not knowing at all that she isn't a child. The movie is so utterly adorable and sweet! Ginger and Ray were magnetic towards one another and the chemistry sparked. I adored sidekick Diana Lynn, she is always fantastic!

Review for Tomorrow: My Sister Eileen


Wendymoon said...

Aw, this is one of my all time favorites! Such a sweet movie.

VKMfan said...

Great movie...really one of the 'TOP 5' on my VKM list! It has a pretty basic premise, but morphs into a 'love triangle', albeit unorthodox, to say the least. The only thing I wish 'Su-Su' would have done is toss 'Miss Beguiling' across the room when she crossed up Su's meeting with the Major in the ballroom afterwards... but restraint paid off in the end.
LOVE what Ginger wears when being 'Susan'... the end scene at the station is really one of the coolest endings of ANY Ginger movie... good job, Mr. Wilder!