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The Boy with Green Hair (1948)

This parable looks at public reaction when the hair of an American war orphan mysteriously turns green.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Ben Barzman (screen play), Alfred Lewis Levitt (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Brien ... Gramp
Robert Ryan ... Dr. Evans
Barbara Hale ... Miss Brand
Dean Stockwell ... Peter
Richard Lyon ... Michael
Walter Catlett ... The King
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Knudson
Regis Toomey ... Mr. Davis
Charles Meredith ... Mr. Piper
David Clarke ... Barber
Billy Sheffield Billy Sheffield ... Red
Johnny Calkins ... Danny (as John Calkins)
Teddy Infuhr Teddy Infuhr ... Timmy
Dwayne Hickman ... Joey
Eilene Janssen ... Peggy
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Storyline

Peter Frye, typical American boy, is orphaned when his parents are caught in the London Blitz. He is not told of their fate, but shuttled from one selfish relative to the next, ending with "Gramp," a kindly ex-vaudevillean. Peter and Gramp, both fond of "Irish bulls," get along fine; but the morning after Peter finally learns he's an orphan, his hair spontaneously turns green! The absurd over-reactions of stupid people overturn his life as the story becomes a parable. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Please don't tell why his hair turned green! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1949 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Junge mit den grünen Haaren See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dean Stockwell was allergic to the green wig he had to wear in the movie, and became ill because of the allergy. See more »

Goofs

When the barber is preparing to cut his hair, a close-up shot shows a chunk of cut hair on his right side. Then when the barber begins cutting, it's not there. But re-appears for the next close-up of him crying. See more »

Quotes

Peter: I want my hair back the way it was!
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Crazy Credits

Dean Stockwell is credited simply as "The Boy" in the opening credits and as "Peter" in the end credits complete cast of characters. See more »

Connections

Featured in Guilty by Suspicion (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Tread on the Tail of Me Coat
(uncredited)
Folk song
Sung by Pat O'Brien and Walter Catlett
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Terrific Anti War Film
5 April 2005 | by strongmedicine51See all my reviews

This film really touched me as a child. Firstly, it was the only serious film about a kid, with a kid as the star, that I had ever seen. None of this Disney stuff. Though later came the '5,000 Fingers of Dr.T', another great film for youngsters. Secondly, it was about a child's pain and inner life. There are a few platitudes thrown around by the wooden adults but the film seems to aim at exposing this kind of no-communication. It just isolates and abandons a youngster when they most need a strong and comforting adult connection.

Every time I see this film again it is just as good as the first time. Another interesting aspect of this film's story is that although the boy has lost both of his parents during WWII, he has become stuck and needs to move on and incorporate this difficult time. And in doing so he becomes aware of the many WWII orphans everywhere and becomes able to identify himself with the many children who are in his own circumstances or worse. He doesn't feel so alone. He finds that he truly cares about the suffering of other orphans and wants to do something to alleviate this suffering.

There! And I didn't give away the 'green hair' thing. I have a collection of anti-war films- Glory-Three Kings-Courage Under Fire-Coming Home. I only need "The Best Years of our Lives' and the 'Boy with Green Hair' to make it complete.


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