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The Boy with Green Hair

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1948
  • Joseph Losey
  • 82 mins
  • PG

Summary

Fantasy drama starring Robert Ryan and Dean Stockwell. A war orphan wakes up one day to find his hair has turned bright green. Finding himself the object of ridicule in his town, he runs away and dreams that his verdant locks may have greater symbolic importance.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Dr EvansRobert Ryan
PeterDean Stockwell
GrampPat O'Brien
Miss BrandBarbara Hale
MichaelRichard Lyon
"The King"Walter Catlett
Dr KnudsonSamuel S Hinds
Mr DavisRegis Toomey

Crew

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DirectorJoseph Losey

Details

Theatrical distributor
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Released on
1950-06-19
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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