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 | 1942 | G


3 & 5 May 2021


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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
Runtime: 101 mins

Event duration

101 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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