MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 18,478 this week

The Boy with Green Hair (1948)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 1,771 users  
Reviews: 51 user | 28 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 20 Mar 2011
 
a list of 2655 titles
created 19 Nov 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 19 Jul 2014
 
a list of 25 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Boy with Green Hair (1948)

The Boy with Green Hair (1948) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Boy with Green Hair.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Kim (1950)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Buring the British Raj, the orphan of a British soldier poses as a Hindu and is torn between his loyalty to a Buddhist mystic and aiding the English secret service.

Director: Victor Saville
Stars: Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lukas
Adventure | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The daughter of a wealthy businessman becomes lost in the city while traveling to a new school, and is taken in by a pair of down-on-their-luck performers.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Shirley Temple, Alice Faye, Gloria Stuart
The Story of Net (Video 2010)
Biography | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Orphaned by the death of his mother, 12-year-old Net searches for a father he never knew. Based on real events and developed in a community workshop, 'The Story of Net' is directed by ... See full summary »

Director: Lasse Nielsen
Stars: Thanet Putthasorn, Suthat Soisumalee, Bancha Khemngeun
tom thumb (1958)
Family | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The Forest Queen grants the wish of Jonathan, the woodcutter, and his wife, Anna.

Director: George Pal
Stars: Russ Tamblyn, June Thorburn, Peter Sellers
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After her destitute family is forced to sell her, a collie named Lassie escapes from her new owner and begins the long trek from Scotland to her Yorkshire home.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Stars: Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, Dame May Whitty
Biography | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales."

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a popular daredevil proposes an automobile race across three continents, his arch rival vows to beat him, while an ambitious female reporter has her own plans for victory.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In the year before the 1904 St Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor
Robby (1968)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Shipwrecked on a tropical island, a young boy befriends an abandoned native youth, forcing him to reevaluate societal prejudice about race, religion and nudity.

Director: Ralph C. Bluemke
Stars: John Garces, Rita Elliot, Warren Raum
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

While visiting China, an American man falls in love with a young Chinese woman, but he then has second thoughts about the relationship.

Director: Chester M. Franklin
Stars: Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan, Beatrice Bentley
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Whaling ship captain Bering Joy takes his grandson Jed on a whaling trip to teach him core life values while First Mate Dan Lunceford is tasked with tutoring Jed.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Richard Widmark, Lionel Barrymore, Dean Stockwell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Dr. Evans
...
Miss Brand
...
Peter Fry
Richard Lyon ...
Michael
Walter Catlett ...
The King
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Dr. Knudson
...
Mr. Davis
Charles Meredith ...
Mr. Piper
...
Barber
Billy Sheffield ...
Red
Johnny Calkins ...
Danny (as John Calkins)
Teddy Infuhr ...
Timmy
...
Joey
Eilene Janssen ...
Peggy
Edit

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 | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Please don't tell why his hair turned green!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 November 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Junge mit den grünen Haaren  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Both director Joseph Losey and screenwriter Ben Barzman were soon blacklisted. Both moved to the United Kingdom to escape McCarthyism and to be able to work in films again. 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 Fry: I want my hair back the way it was!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Moulin Rouge! (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

How Many Miles to Dublin Town?
(uncredited)
Folk song
Sung by Pat O'Brien and boys
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Terrific Anti War Film
5 April 2005 | by (Western Oregon, USA) – See 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.


28 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Original Punk? Madness832
the boy with the green hair dq1470
Nostalgia. Hyokano
Hair emmadolphin
Sound Track ciminokwf
Discuss The Boy with Green Hair (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?