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Rogers and Wilder went to dinner to talk about The Major and the Minor, and Rogers paid special attention to the novice director. She Wilder “had the qualities to become a good director. He knew just how to order in the restaurant, but remembered to ask me what I liked. I felt that he would be strong, but that he would listen. He certainly understood how to pay attention to women.”

I loved The Major and the Minor because it was story, as if they knew my life. Mother and I often didn’t have enough money when we traveled, so I carried my stuffed doll named Freakus, which made me look younger, especially when I hugged it and talked with it, and then, at night, I could just use it as a pillow. Just like Sue-Sue, I often pretended I was younger than I was, so I could travel half-fare. I Sue-Sue!


Today’s fossil-of-a-film? 1942’s The Major and The Minor. Observe:

The Major and the Minor
Directed by Billy Wilder
Written by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder; suggested by a play by Edward Childs Carpenter; from a story by Fanny Kilbourne
Paramount Pictures
First viewing/Netflix rental