THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR
1942, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder made his Hollywood directorial debut with this wartime farce, cowritten with frequent collaborator Charles Brackett. Ginger Rogers sparkles as a woman who masquerades as a 12-year-old girl to travel by train on a child’s fare; Ray Milland is the military man who shelters the youngster.


CAREFREE
1938, Warner Bros., 83 min, USA, Dir: Mark Sandrich

Featuring their longest screen kiss, this screwball musical pits Fred Astaire as Dr. Tony Flagg, a psychiatrist taking on patient Amanda Cooper (Ginger Rogers) - who is also the fiancée of his friend (Ralph Bellamy). Love and chaos ensue as Dr. Flagg tries to cure Amanda with hypnosis and ends up propelling her into a hilariously carefree state. Songs by Irving Berlin include “I Used to Be Color Blind” and the Oscar-nominated “Change Partners.” With Franklin Pangborn.


THE GAY DIVORCEE
1934, Warner Bros., 107 min, USA, Dir: Mark Sandrich

The first of the great Astaire-Rogers musicals features terrific tunes (Cole Porter's "Night and Day," Conrad and Magidson's "The Continental"), pitch-perfect performances (including the always reliable Edward Everett Horton in a supporting role) and elaborate choreography that Fred and Ginger make look effortless. The prototypical Astaire-Rogers musical.


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