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The Major and the Minor premieres

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Ginger Rogers disguised as a twelve year old?! On 16 September 1942, The Major and the Minor premiered starring Rogers opposite Ray Milland. It was the first American feature directed by Billy Wilder, a Galician Jew, who fled Europe in 1933. Wilder won two Oscars and is, to date, the second most nominated director in Oscar history with eight Best Director nominations. He received his first Oscar in 1945 for another film with Milland, The Lost Weekend, for which Milland would also win Best Actor. Watch the trailer for The Major and the Minor for the wonderful line Ginger delivers to her rival for “The Major’s” affections,”You should be glad I’m not twelve. I was a very straightforward child― I used to spit.”

Post by Curator Kimberly Guise.

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