The Major and the Minor (1942) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Major and the Minor (1942)



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This comedy is about the budding romance between an engaged soldier and a woman posing as a 12-year-old girl.


Ginger Rogers
as Susan Applegate
Ray Milland
as Maj. Kirby
Diana Lynn
as Lucy Hill
Rita Johnson
as Pamela Hill
Robert Benchley
as Mr. Osborne
Edward Fielding
as Col. Hill
Frankie Thomas
as Cadet Osborne
Raymond Roe
as Cadet Wigton
Charles Smith
as Cadet Korner
Larry Nunn
as Cadet Babcock
Billy Dawson
as Cadet Miller
Lela E. Rogers
as Mrs. Applegate
Aldrich Bowker
as Rev. Doyle
Boyd Irwin
as Maj. Griscom
Byron Shores
as Capt. Durand
Richard Fiske
as Will Duffy
Norma Varden
as Mrs. Osborne
Gretl Dupont
as Mrs. Shackleford
Freddie Mercer
as Little Boy in Railroad Station
Carlotta Jelm
as Little Girl in Railroad Station
Tom McGuire
as News Vendor
George Anderson
as Man with Esquire
Guy Wilkerson
as Farmer Truck Driver
Ethel Clayton
as Bit Woman
Gloria Williams
as Bit Woman
Will Wright
as First Ticket Agent
Stanley Andrews
as First Conductor
Emory Parnell
as Conductor
Billy Rayes
as Cadet Summerville
Mary Field
as Mother in Railroad Station
Milton Kibbee
as Station Agent
Edward Peil Sr.
as Stationmaster
Ken Lundy
as Elevator Boy
Tom Dugan
as Deadbeat
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Critic Reviews for The Major and the Minor

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

A sparkling and effervescing piece of farce-comedy.

August 14, 2007 | Full Review…

Pretty irresistible, nevertheless, with Rogers doing a beautiful job of dovetailing sexual provocation and demure innocence.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Miss Rogers and Mr. Milland have played it with spirit and taste. Never once does either permit the suggestion of a leer to creep in.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Wilder ironies and favorite themes--sexual deception, innuendo, the power of words to slice up and serve a character -- are all present in abundance.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Sure, she has her requisite moment to show off her dancing abilities, but what The Major and the Minor really showcases is Roger's dexterity for comedic timing.

August 11, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Never mind that the 31-year-old Rogers never really looks 12 -- she's funny and frisky throughout.

October 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Major and the Minor


This early Billy Wilder romantic comedy has Rogers and Milland denying their attraction for one another because of their imagined age difference. It's cute more than funny, but an honest cute, and for that enjoyable.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A very funny movie and an interesting story, but you really have to suspend your disbelief when it comes to mistaking Ginger Rogers for a pre-teen girl.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Something that could never be made today but coming from a more innocent time this is a sweet little comedy. Ginger is sly and funny as the masquerading lass, Ray Milland properly befuddled and Diana Lynn great as the wised up sister. All done with a light touch by Wilder.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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