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||IMDB Rating: 6.8/10 from 1,775 votes
||Release: 16 November 1948 (USA) /
||Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
||Director: Joseph Losey,
||Stars: Barbara Hale, Billy Sheffield, Charles Meredith, David Clarke, Dean Stockwell, Dwayne Hickman, Eilene Janssen, Johnny Calkins, Pat O'Brien, Regis Toomey, Richard Lyon, Robert Ryan, Samuel S. Hinds, Teddy Infuhr, Walter Catlett
||Synopsis: 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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It would be an obvious point to state that "The Boy with Green Hair" is
of the most touching fantasies ever put on film, for indeed it is that.
over and above that, it's a movie which states that being different is all
right. That and its pacifistic message made it a film very much ahead of
time and, thus, its reputation as a classic caught up with it over the
All of the performances are excellent. Dean Stockwell is probably best
to a later generation as the star of "Blue Velvet" and "Quantum Leap." But
his best role came at the age of twelve with this film. In an understated
yet powerful way, he's very believeable as the young war orphan, living
his grandfather, who is at first bewildered by his sudden change on hair
color (Well, wouldn't YOU be?), but eventually comes to accept it and what
it means, hoping his hair, which has been shaved off by superstitious
townspeople, comes back green. Pat O'Brien, underplaying more than was
usually his wont, gives a charming, yet insightful, performance as his
kindly grandfather, a former vaudeville entertainer turned singing waiter.
Robert Ryan, forsaking his usual villainous roles, is the child
who helps Stockwell make sense of it all. And those who know Barbara hale
primarily as either "Della Street" on the "Perry Mason" shows, the "Amana"
lady, or William Katt's real-life mother, gives a brief but believable
performance as Stockwell's sympathetic teacher.
Joseph Losey was the far-sighted director who brought all this to the
screen. Unfortunately, the "dare to be different" and "give peace a
aspects of the story would work against him just a few years later, when
was blacklisted. All but unemployable in America, he continued his career
England, and the results, usually in collaboration with screenwriter
Pinter, were such critical, if not popular, successes, as "The Servant"
In short, this an underseen film that deserves to be seen more often.
days it's frequently on AMC, so catch it.
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, Billy Sheffield
, Charles Meredith
, David Clarke
, Dean Stockwell
, Dwayne Hickman
, Eilene Janssen
, Johnny Calkins
, Pat O'Brien
, Regis Toomey
, Richard Lyon
, Robert Ryan
, Samuel S. Hinds
, Teddy Infuhr
, Walter Catlett
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