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The Major and the Minor Details


A woman's attempt to disguise herself as an underage girl mushrooms into a series of humorous deceptions in this romantic comedy. Ginger Rogers stars as Susan Applegate, a young woman living in New York who, nearly broke and sick of the city, decides to head home to Iowa. Lacking the money for a regular ticket, she pretends to be an unusually tall 11-year old girl named Sue-Sue in order to pay half-price. The train conductors catch on to her scheme, however, forcing her to take refuge in the car of Major Philip Kirby (Ray Milland). The kindly major virtually adopts the "lost little girl," and circumstances force Susan to play along and accompany him to the local military academy. There the fun begins, as she struggles to deal with the unwelcome romantic attentions of countless young cadets and her own increasing attraction to the engaged Major Kirby. The Major and the Minor was the first Hollywood feature helmed by the legendary Billy Wilder. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:September 16, 1942


Awarded by
National Board of Review Diana Lynn Best Acting 1942 Winner
National Board of Review Ginger Rogers Best Acting 1942 Winner


Ginger Rogers
as Susan Applegate
Ray Milland
as Maj. Kirby
Diana Lynn
as Lucy Hill
Robert Benchley
as Mr. Osborne
Rita Johnson
as Pamela Hill
Edward Fielding
as Col. Hill
Norma Varden
as Mrs. Osborne
Frankie Thomas
as Cadet Osborne
Raymond Roe
as Cadet Wigton
Charles B. Smith
as Cadet Korner
Larry Nunn
as Cadet Babcock
Aldrich Bowker
as Rev. Doyle
Boyd Irwin
as Maj. Griscom
Byron Shores
as Cap. Durand
Emory Parnell
as Conductor
Gloria Williams
as Bit Woman
Ethel Clayton
as Bit Woman
William Newell
as Ticket Agent
Will Wright
as First Ticket Agent
David McKim
as Cadet
Tom Dugan
as Deadbeat
Dell Henderson
as Doorman
Archie Twitchell
as Sergeant
Marie Blake
as Bertha
Stanley Andrews
as First Conductor
Mary Field
as Mother in Railroad Station
Milt Kibbee
as Station Agent
Guy Wilkerson
as Farmer Truck Driver


Billy Wilder
Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
Billy Wilder
Charles Brackett
Leo Tover
Robert Emmett Dolan
Composer (Music Score)
Doane Harrison
Hans Dreier
Production Designer
Roland Anderson
Production Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Wally Westmore
Fannie Kilbourne
Short Story Author