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I first saw this film more than 60 years ago, on a black and white tv. The lack of color gave the film a serious documentary-like quality that emphasized the morality message. But to me, the orphans in the woods were like scary zombies who escaped the posters. (and also gave me a kind of guilty feeling.) I was about the boy's age when I first viewed it, and back then I did not quite get the symbolism of green. Aside from Pat O'Brian's attempt at comic relief, I found the story to be nightmare scary. If as a child I had seen it in color as was recently shown, I don't think it would have affected me nearly as much.
No hidden messages here. A great film about The effects of war on children. Simple as that.Still relevant today. I loved it as a kid and stilldo.
Call Western Union
Who was it that said '' If you want to send a message , call Western Union '' . Second , if were not for heroes like Joe McCarthy and other '' right wingers '' who stopped and defeated Communism . most of these reviewers would be in a camp making big rocks into small rocks for the state .
An Important, Timeless Film
I had not only never seen The Boy with Green Hair, I had never heard of it. One can criticize it for its sentimentality and schmaltz, but the message of the film is important and tragically, more relevant than ever. What an awesome thing that little Dean Stockwell told the eccentric rightwinger Howard Hughes NO to his demands that he utter a nationalistic/patriotic, pro-weapons message in his dialog, which would have severely undercut the film's message. It's fairly stunning that the film even got made as the anti-communist crusade was taking off; my guess is that if they had waited another two years the film would never have happened. We know that is true about The Best Years of Our Lives, one of the finest films of the century. Once McCarthyism took hold, a lot of meaningful films that were left of center never happened. It's great to see Robert Ryan in this minor role here, lends the film some star power and credibility.
boy with green hair
- kevin sellers
Although I certainly agree with the previous reviewer that this film was boring, if it had been intended as a pro Communist statement, then surely Dean Stockwell's hair would have been, well, RED. I guess what really ticks me off about this heavy handed allegory of goodness and hope crushed by the cruel world and then revived is that it wastes the considerable talent of quite possibly the best American actor of the late 40s and 50s, Robert Ryan, who is given the dinky and unimportant role of the kid's shrink. About the only reason to watch the damn thing is Dean Stockwell's ability as a child actor. Let's give it a C minus. P.S. If Joseph Losey's getting kicked out of Hollywood for leftist political views made him a better film maker, which I feel it did, then the right wing creeps did him a favor.
- J D Jitters
In all my born days, I never experienced an anti-American film like this, The word "pro-commie" is to soft of a way to explain this film. I hated when I saw it as a child and hate it even more today. Worse than that it is booooring!! I would have believed it had someone said it was produced in the Soviet Union.
BOY WITH GREEN HAIR
- DAN MONICO
Thank you TCM for showing this film !!! Very rarely is it ever on tv. GREAT CAST, STORY AND MESSAGE !!!!!!!!
Where's the Irish Spirit?
- Helen Ceglia
why arent' you showing this movie during st. patrick's day week?
the boy with green hair
I loved this movie as a child and still do today. The movie sends a memorable message to everyone about chlldren and how they are affected by war. It projects a very heart warming story.
An Excellent Movie; not at all dated
This is most definitely a movie worth seeing. Bear in mind that it was made shortly after the most devastating war ever seen on a world stage. (There were other, more destructive local wars, but WW2 takes the cake overall.)It is a deeply moving film, one which I am unable to adequately praise in this inadequate English language. See it and judge for yourself.
Very powerful, memorable in every way.