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Rogers and Wilder magic!
on June 9, 2015
Let's face it, nobody could do the little girl thing better than Ginger Rogers. Just take a look at her in 'Kitty Foyle', 'Primrose Path', 'Monkey Business', and 'Lady in the Dark'. In all these films, at some point, Ginger appears as an adolescent girl. Ginger had a talent for mimicry and light comedy as well as a flair for conveying girlish ness in a way that is believable, and not annoying. In 'The Major and the Minor', miss Rogers plays her best little girl yet.
I won't go into the details of the plot, because other reviews probably already did.
Some think it's ridiculous that we are supposed to buy into ultra gorgeous 30 year old Ginger Rogers with her knockout bod, playing a precocious 12 year old girl. Well, WE are not supposed to. We have to believe that the other characters buy into it. The movie is so much fun to watch, that you forget about it pretty soon, and suspend disbelief...mostly due to the writing, acting, directing, and dialog being so wonderful. Miss Rogers was instrumental in getting Billy Wilder hired for this, his first directing gig, and thank heavens she did.. He really should have given Ginger more credit for kick starting his prolific career.
This is the movie that turned me into a hard core Ginger Rogers fan (Gingerologist), and in turn, made Billy Wilder one of my favorite directors. Do yourself a favor and buy 'The Major and the Minor'. It's a joy from beginning to end!