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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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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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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>

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Please don't tell why his hair turned green!

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16 November 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Junge mit den grünen Haaren  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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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!
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Connections

Featured in Guilty by Suspicion (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Tread on the Tail of Me Coat
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Folk song
Sung by Pat O'Brien and Walter Catlett
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A Magnificent Fantasy with Messages against War, Racism and Intolerance
2 May 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In a police station, a child psychologist uses his ability to interview a runaway boy with hairs completely cut-off that is reluctant to speak. The boy tells that his name is Peter Fry (Dean Stockwell) and his parents had traveled to London and have not returned yet; meanwhile he is living with Gramp Fry (Pat O'Brien), after being lodged in the houses of many relatives for short periods. He gets along with Gramp, the locals, his schoolmates and his teacher; however, when he discovers that he is an orphan of war, his hair turns green on the next morning and Peter is rejected by his community.

The metaphoric "The Boy with Green Hair" is one of the most beautiful and touching fantasies, with magnificent messages against war, racism and intolerance. Joseph Losey directed a fantastic film, absolutely underrated in IMDb, with an original story associated to an awesome screenplay and top-notch performances, highlighting a twelve year-old Dean Stockwell and Pat O'Brien. In times of intolerance, this movie is a gem to be discovered by worldwide viewers. Further, this is the type of movie that should be recommended in schools for children, not only because of the antiwar and anti-racism peaceful messages, but also because demands interpretation of the story told by Peter to the psychologist. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "O Menino dos Cabelos Verdes" ("The Boy with Green Hair")


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