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THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR: Blu-ray (Paramount, 1942) Arrow Academy

Based on Fanny Kilbourne’s enchanting little story, ‘Sunny Goes Home’ – later translated into Edward Childs Carpenter’s play ‘Connie Goes Home’ – Billy Wilder’s The Major and the Minor(1942) is an enormously delightful light comedy of errors that continues to amuse, primarily due to Ginger Rogers’ convincing portrayal of an adult revisiting her second childhood out of necessity.  In retrospectives, Rogers’ career has been rather unfairly summarized almost exclusively as the ‘other half’ of Fred Astaire’s tenure at RKO. Rogers in her golden years, indeed, took umbrage to this myopic view of her talents. “I did a lot more than that,” she once told a reviewer. And most definitely she had. Rogers, who began her career as a common hoofer and chorine in movies like 42nd Street (1932) and Gold Diggers of 1933, before finding ever-lasting recognition as Astaire’s revived dance partner, would move into a spate of superb roles, including an Oscar-winning turn in Kitty Foyle (1940), and far bett…

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