The Major and the Minor

Synopsis: New York working girl Susan Applegate is desperate to go home to Iowa but does not have the railway fare so she disguises herself as a child to ride half fare. Enroute she meets Philip Kirby, an Army major teaching at a military school.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Billy Wilder
Production: Paramount Pictures
  3 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

into a dry martini.

Well, by George, I think I will.

- Well, now, that's the spirit, Miss Applegate...

- Never mind, Mr Osborne. I'm through.

After one year and 25 jobs in New York,

Susan Applegate is signing off.

Signing off and going right back

where she came from.

Did you ever hear of Stevenson, lowa?

No, you haven't, Mr Osborne. Dull.

People there just walk around on two feet,

and cars have only four wheels,

and the grass is just plain green.

Who wants that? Who wants a fellow

by the name of Will Duffy,

who runs a feed-and-grain store?

Why not look around?

Well, I came and I looked around,

from every angle,

from the bargain basement to the Ritz Tower.

I got myself stared at,

glanced over, passed by,

slapped around, brushed off,

cuddled up against.

But, Mr Osborne, in all that wrestling match,

there's one thing they didn't get out of me,

not out of Sue Applegate.

So you've got your self-respect,

but self-respect isn't everything.

Self-respect? Here's what I mean.

Sealed up in this envelope

from the first day I came, $27.50.

Oh, whatever for?

My fare back home.

And if I've missed the train tonight,

I'll take the one tomorrow.

Fine, that's more like it.

You can miss the train tonight

and take the one tomorrow.

Just a minute, Mr Osborne,

there's another egg in my case.

Back to Stevenson. You know,

two feet, four wheels, green grass.

I only hope

that Will Duffy's still waiting for me,

the plain, honest, slow-witted lug.

You've got your car fare,

but you'll need something for incidentals.

No incidentals, Mr Osborne.

Going down!

Well, had a nice time, did you?

Just keen.

You know, come Christmas,

maybe I'll buy myself a scalp massage.

Same treatment?

You bet!

Well, why wait till Christmas?

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Charles Brackett

Charles William Brackett (November 26, 1892 – March 9, 1969) was an American novelist, screenwriter, and film producer, best known for his long collaboration with Billy Wilder. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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