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Comedy at its best,
This review is from: The Major and the Minor [VHS] (VHS Tape)
When Fernando Trueba won the oscar for Belle Epoque, he said "I do not believe in God, but I believe in Billy Wilder". It was said that a few days later phone rang at Trueba's house, he picked it up and said hello. The voice at the other side said: Hello This is God.
I have alwyas being a great fan of Mr Wilder, and this film being his first in America, just shown how wonderful director he was.
Susan Applegate after a series of misfortunes in the big city is tired, and she wants go home, but she has no money for the train ticket, so disguises as a minor she is in her way home.At the train she mets Major Kirby (Ray Milland), worried for a poor 12 years old gril travelling along he takes care of her, and takes her to the military academy where he is teaching.
From this moment on there is a funny film, with the struggles of Sue to leave the place and the difficult situation for Kirby who is attracted to a minor. Wilder makes a great script and you will be laughing all the time. This is one film that can be considered as a classic comedy with funny Robert Benchley and Ray Milland, who although not one of my favourites, certainly is perfect in this film.
But Ginger Rogers is the best. Her scene at the train when she meets Kirby is hilarious and she keeps the high level of the comedy all the time. If you think she could only dance with Fred better think it twice, because she will surprise you.