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The Boy with Green Hair (1948)

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

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Ben Barzman (screen play), Alfred Lewis Levitt (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Brien ... Gramp
Robert Ryan ... Dr. Evans
Barbara Hale ... Miss Brand
Dean Stockwell ... Peter
Richard Lyon ... Michael
Walter Catlett ... The King
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Knudson
Regis Toomey ... Mr. Davis
Charles Meredith ... Mr. Piper
David Clarke ... Barber
Billy Sheffield Billy Sheffield ... Red
Johnny Calkins ... Danny (as John Calkins)
Teddy Infuhr Teddy Infuhr ... Timmy
Dwayne Hickman ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Please don't tell why his hair turned green! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1949 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Junge mit den grünen Haaren See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dean Stockwell was allergic to the green wig he had to wear in the movie, and became ill because of the allergy. 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: I want my hair back the way it was!
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Crazy Credits

Dean Stockwell is credited simply as "The Boy" in the opening credits and as "Peter" in the end credits complete cast of characters. See more »

Connections

Featured in Precious Images (1986) 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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HAIR TODAY,GONE TOMORROW AN UNFORGETTABLE CLASSIC
4 July 2002 | by sawyertomSee 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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