Ginger Rogers peering from behind a door in The Major and the Minor (1942)
Ginger Rogers peering from behind a door in The Major and the Minor (1942)
The Major and the Minor (1942)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Major and the Minor

Billy Wilder | United States of America | | G

Coming after an incredibly successful screenwriting career, Wilder’s first American feature as director includes many of his most beloved hallmarks.

This audacious comedy of (sexual) manners features an array of iconic Golden-era Hollywood faces including Ray Milland and, as the street-smart city girl Susan Applegate, Ginger Rogers. Rogers’ brilliantly manufactured comedic performance is crucial to maintaining the daring charade at the narrative’s core that alternates between her impersonation of a 12-year-old girl and a grown-up woman. Co-scripted by Charles Brackett.

Format: 35mm, Black & White
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: Universal USA
Duration: 101 mins


3 & 5 May 2021


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101 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

How to get there

Membership options

Mini membership
(admission to 3 consecutive weeks of screenings from date of purchase)

Full $32 / Concession $27

Annual membership

(admission for 12 months of screenings from date of purchase)

Full $173 / Concession $153

Friends of Cinémathèque
(admission for 12 months of screenings from date of purchase)

Full $295 / Concession $265

Please note, online bookings incur a $1 booking fee.

How to book

Melbourne Cinémathèque patrons can pre-book one session per week, either the Monday or Wednesday night screening. This booking entitles you to entry to both films on the night you have booked. Membership does not ensure admission. Members will not be allowed entry if they have not pre-booked a ticket and the session has reached capacity.

Bookings for this session will open at 12pm Thursday 29 April.

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Australia's longest-running film society screens significant works of international cinema in the medium they were created, the way they would have originally screened.

Melbourne Cinémathèque is self-administered, volunteer-run, not-for-profit and membership-driven. 

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