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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Junge mit den grünen Haaren  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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

Referenced in Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009) See more »

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How Many Miles to Dublin Town?
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Folk song
Sung by Pat O'Brien and boys
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HAIR TODAY,GONE TOMORROW AN UNFORGETTABLE CLASSIC
4 July 2002 | by (Waterford,Michigan) – See all my reviews

I saw the Boy With Green Hair a long time ago and it stayed with me. It was hard to imagine all that fuss even back in the 1960'3 over one poor kid who's hair just happened to turn green. But, like others have mentioned consider the times and the era. World war Two had just ended and the Cold War had just begun. I can still remember people picking on"long hairs" in the early sixties because they let their hair grow a bit. This is a very memorable, stay with you classic about tolerance of different people, especially those with no choices in the matter. It is worth watching and renting and possibly buying. Too many movie critics on these pages and with older movies try to applies today norms and political correctness to decades old movies when the norm was different then. The movie is an excellently acted parable. I am surprised it hasn't been released on vhs or dvd or just plain shown more often on some of the cable movie channels. Unlike today, no kid back, especially a boy would have dyed their hair green. It may be a movie from a different era but the message is still the same regardless of the times. It may be dated a little, but it is still a classic.


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