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Throwback Thursday: Ginger Rogers, Billy Wilder And Superman

Throwback Thursday: Ginger Rogers, Billy Wilder And Superman

The 1942 comedy The
Major and the Minor
is notable today as the Hollywood directing debut of
Billy Wilder, who wrote the film with his longtime partner Charles Brackett. They
would go on to make such classics as The
Lost Weekend
and Sunset Blvd., but
in 1942 Wilder’s name wasn’t a selling point: it was all about Ginger and, to a
lesser degree, leading man Ray Milland. In its first-run engagement at the two
Paramount Theatres in L.A., the downtown branch added a second feature from
B-movie specialists William Pine and William Thomas (known as the Two Dollar
Bills), while both venues featured—and advertised—the latest of Paramount’s Superman cartoons, a testament to the
appeal of this popular series. Also appealing to the patrons of these big-city
theaters (as it would be today): free parking!

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