Everyone remembers Ginger Rogers for the memorable films she made with Fred Astaire. The beautiful blonde managed to keep up with him tap for tap in her high heeled shoes. But Ginger Rogers exemplifies how brunettes manage to be better blondes than blondes.
After making The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, she was ready for a change, and at last got her chance to make movies without Fred Astaire. She dyed her hair brown and made a string of successes as a starring actress with top billing, including Kitty Foyle, the film that won her her Academy Award in 1940.
But it is in the often forgotten film The Major and the Minor from 1942 that captures Ginger Rogers’ moxie. Tired of the city life, she decides to go back to her Iowa hometown with the 27 dollars she had saved for just such a time. Unfortunately the fare has been increased, and desperate to go home, she dresses up like a twelve year old in order to get a half-fare ticket. While on the train she meets the major played by Ray Milland and falls in love, though he thinks she is simply a charming twelve year old. Over the next few days she manages to help right a number of things through her cleverness and her ability to play up her blondeness despite being a brunette, while still retaining the proper amount of grace and dignity.