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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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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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Comedy | Drama | Family

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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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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009) 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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A Gem
19 March 2000 | by (Columbia, S.C.) – See all my reviews

I, too, first saw this film a little while after it came out, when I was younger than the main character was supposed to be. It has stayed with me for the next half-century, and I considered myself very lucky to find a video in a sale bin about ten years ago.

Really, it foreshadowed the '60's - it is not only about the fact that being different should be OK, but more about the consequences of intolerance, about folks' reactions, their illogic, and where those reactions can take us. This is all done with a nice soupcon of fantasy to make the moral point easy to understand (subtlety isn't the film's strong point).

There's a story in the newspapers about a twelve-year-old boy in 6th grade who last week came to school with hair dyed green for St. Patrick's day, incidentally. Three guesses what happened to him....

See this movie.


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