• Film ID:
  • 7601
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=82 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • America.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • Armenian.
THE BOY WITH GREEN HAIR (1948)
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A timeless ant-war parable that looks at public reaction when the hair of an American war orphan mysteriously turns green. This makes him an object of ridicule in his small town, where the locals call for the boy's head to be shaved. There is an interesting coda to this wonderful and unusual film: Producer Dore Schary and director Joseph Losey made it for RKO before the politically conservative Howard Hughes took over. Hughes hated the film's pacifist message, and did his best to sabotage it by insisting on cuts. Losey, however, managed to protect the integrity of his project. After the film was released, the names of Joseph Losey and screenwriter Ben Barzman were placed on a Hollywood blacklist and in 1951 Losey would to be summoned by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

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