The Major and the Minor

Film, Comedy
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Wilder's first film as director begins brilliantly with Rogers as a New York career woman disillusioned to find her house calls offering scalp massage constantly subject to male misinterpretation - in particular from a lecherous Benchley pursuing 'a little drinkypoo, biteypoo, rhumbapoo' - who masquerades as a pigtailed l2-year-old innocent in order to avoid paying full adult fare on the train home to Iowa. Very funny stuff as she meets Milland's protective major, and finds ambiguous refuge in his sleeping compartment, although it later proves to be a one-joke situation as she is forced to accompany him to the military academy where he instructs, and becomes mascot to a horde of hopefully lecherous cadets. Pretty irresistible, nevertheless, with Rogers doing a beautiful job of dovetailing sexual provocation and demure innocence.

By: TM

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Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Billy Wilder
Screenwriter: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder
Cast: Ginger Rogers
Ray Milland
Rita Johnson
Robert Benchley
Diana Lynn
Frankie Thomas
Norma Varden
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