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The Boy with Green Hair (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 27 November 1948 (USA)
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 ... 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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Trivia

The cast includes three Oscar nominees: Dean Stockwell, Robert Ryan and Russ Tamblyn. 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

Gramp: [reading the letter from Peter's father] My Dear Peter, your mother isn't here and I won't be for long, and she had many things to say to you. I will try to say them for both of us. We left you, Peter, because we had to. We had a job to do. Try to understand that it was because of our great love for you and all the world's children. You are old enough now to know that death is a sad thing, because it takes the great gift of life. But it need not be sad if the gift has been well-used. Don't be ...
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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 The Race to Save 100 Years (1997) 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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User Reviews

 
Check this out if you can find it.
3 February 1999 | by Duke-56See all my reviews

I saw this movie in Panama, where I was born, at the movie theater when I was 8 years old. The images of the movie and its message has stayed with me all these years. Other people can be cruel if you are different. Being different is NOT a

bad thing. Live with it and use it to your advantage. See this movie if you can. It is hard to find.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boy with Green Hair See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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