The Boy with Green Hair

The Boy with Green Hair

Joseph Losey (1948)

U Certificate


Our Score
One of the last pictures studio chief Dore Schary made at RKO, this somewhat clumsy mix of whimsy and allegory marked the Hollywood feature debut of director Joseph Losey. Howard Hughes ordered wholesale changes to the film when he bought the studio, but the tolerance theme that he detested so much remained largely intact. Dean Stockwell does well as the orphan whose hair changes colour, and there's some expert support by the likes of Walter Catlett, Samuel S Hinds and Regis Toomey. Most notable, however, are the splendid against-type performances of Robert Ryan and Pat O'Brien.


A boy's hair changes colour following the news that his parents have been killed during the Second World War. He decides to use his unusual appearance to become a figurehead campaigning on behalf of war orphans, but is rejected as a freak by everyone he meets. Fantasy, starring Dean Stockwell, Robert Ryan and Pat O'Brien.

Cast & Crew

Peter Dean Stockwell
Dr Evans Robert Ryan
Gramp Pat O'Brien
Michael Richard Lyon
Miss Brand Barbara Hale
The King Walter Catlett
Dr Knudson Samuel S Hinds
Mr Davis Regis Toomey
Director Joseph Losey
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd