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The Boy with Green Hair (1948)

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

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Cast

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

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Please don't tell why his hair turned green!

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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16 November 1948 (USA)  »

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Unfortunately for the film's director, Joseph Losey, the eccentric, politically conservative Howard Hughes took over RKO while this film was being shot and, hating the film's pacifist message, did his best to sabotage it. Losey, however, managed to protect the integrity of his project. Screenwriter Ben Barzman, who was also later blacklisted along with Losey, would later recall that "Joe shot the picture in such a way that there wasn't much possibility for change. A few lines were stuck in here and there to soften the message, but that was about it". Barzman also remembered that 12-year-old Dean Stockwell was called into Hughes' office and Hughes told him that when the other children spoke of the horror of war, he should say, "And that's why America has gotta have the biggest army, and the biggest navy, and the biggest air force in the world!" According to Barzman, little Stockwell was so in sympathy with the film's message that he dared to respond, "No, sir!" Even after Hughes started to scream at him, the boy held his ground and refused to do it. See more »

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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.


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