The Boy with Green Hair (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Boy with Green Hair1948

The Boy with Green Hair (1948)




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Joseph Losey's gentle parable concerning tolerance and understanding had the ill luck to be completed right before R.K.O. shifted hands to Howard Hughes. Hughes, an advocate of entertainment over message, tried to re-edit it and tone down its theme of tolerance. As it stands, the film deals with lonely child Peter Frye (Dean Stockwell), made an orphan by World War II, who finds himself shuttled from one relative to another -- until he finally ends up living in safety and security with elderly small-town waiter Gramps (Pat O'Brien). Then one morning, Peter wakes up to discover that his hair has turned green. Now the town looks at him in a totally different way -- children make fun of him, adults are disturbed at his appearance, and even the friendly milkman turns against him. Gramps try to calm down the local townsfolk when Peter runs away, but they refuse to listen. Instead they decide to band together to find Peter and shave his head.

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Robert Ryan
as Dr. Evans
Barbara Hale
as Miss Brand
Richard Lyon
as Michael
Samuel S. Hinds
as Dr. Knudson
Regis Toomey
as Mr. Davis
Charles Arnt
as Mr. Hammond
Russ Tamblyn
as Student
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Critic Reviews for The Boy with Green Hair

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

Few films so daringly span the local and the universal-or look so ravishing while doing so. Its eerie palette meshes perfectly with Losey's vision of a world out of joint.

May 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Young Dean Stockwell shows amazing thought and skill in playing The Boy With the Green Hair -- shown off admirably in the film's Technicolor.

July 20, 2021 | Full Review…

It's a nice picture. It hits at bigotry, it pleads for war's forgotten victims, and certainly, Dean Stockwell's a most appealing young actor.

June 28, 2021 | Full Review…

Bracingly peculiar

May 27, 2015 | Full Review…

A precursor to all those radiation fallout monster flicks of the Fifties. A telling cautionary tale worth a watch for far more than the nostalgic factor.

January 7, 2010 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

...a rather simplistic antiwar fantasy that pounds its message into the ground for the last twenty minutes or more.

December 29, 2009 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Boy with Green Hair

I saw this film on a Netflix Stream and I must say right off the bat that it is the worst video Quality film I have ever watched, though I don't think that is of any fault of Netflix its just what's available. I was going to turn this one off after the first 10 minutes but then I was captured by the story line. A 1948 movie all about tolerance, about someone being different and when they are how bad people can treat them from kids to adults, how fast gossip can spread and what it can affect someone. Many Morals to the story in this one. Just wish video quality was a little better. 3 Stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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Preach, preach, peach, war orphans, boo hoo... Plus the singing was annoying

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

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