The Major and the Minor 09/28/19

Arrow Academy

This can’t-lose comedy is ace writer-director Billy Wilder’s first solo directing credit; he and writing partner Charles Brackett concoct a side-splitting crowdpleaser guaranteed to secure his Hollywood future. Ginger Rogers was never more adept, playing a fake 11 year-old in a farce that’s both code-iffy and censor proof; Ray Milland shines as well with the limitlessly clever and witty screenplay. Don’t forget to ask why Charles Boyer hates women… and look out for Diana Lynn, the terrific teenage comedienne that Wilder found before Preston Sturges did. With Rita Johnson and Robert Benchley; on Blu-ray from Arrow Academy.