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


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 <>

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Please don't tell why his hair turned green!


Comedy | Drama | Family


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Release Date:

16 November 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Junge mit den grünen Haaren  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Gary Gray was originally cast in the role of Peter Fry, but he contracted chicken pox and was replaced by Dean Stockwell. See more »


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 »


Peter Fry: I want my hair back the way it was!
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An Enduring Message
23 February 2000 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

It's been years since I last saw this film, but it stays with me. I was an adolescent in the early 60's when I first saw The Boy With Green Hair on a local television station in southern California. It was one of those stations that has a playlist of movies which they repeat at intervals. I must have watched this film a dozen or more times, and each time I so completely identified with the character played by Dean Stockwell (even though I was a girl and had very brown hair). I'm sure it had something to do with my age, the times I was living in, and the fact that I was a bit different from the "popular" kids. I have looked for a video copy of this movie for years and finally discovered that the producer/owner of the movie pulled all rights for reproducing it because of some dispute, I can't remember now what it was about. At any rate, it is a real shame. I would certainly like to share this treasure with some young friends of mine. I think its message would come through, despite the years.

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