1948


1948, the year this film was released, I was 7 years old. Have remembered this film all my life and would think of it anytime I saw Dean Stockwell acting. What I mainly remember as a child, it was extremely sad. Don't remember anything about being anti-war. It was the way he was treated. And while no one said much about it, it was a bar of soap of unknown origin that turned his hair green. Have always wanted to see it again. Margaret O'Brien (Secret Garden) and Dean Stockwell were my childhood idols.

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http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/69528/The-Boy-with-Green-Hair/

I'm afraid that timing is everything. As Maxwell Smart would say, "missed it by that much". TCM is showing it as I write this. I'm sure it will be on again but it is also now available on dvd.

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I am formerly known as HillieBoliday.....Member since May 2006:

I have just finished watching it here in Los Angeles.....it has always been one of my favorites. As I posted under my original handle a few years back; I didn't fully understand the movie when I first saw it. Now, I really like and respect the message. At that time I first saw this movie, I could only imagine the atrocities that the children of war had to suffer. Now.....with the foreign war we have been embroiled in over the last 10 plus years, I don't have to imagine....I now have a better perspective.


"OOhhhooo....I'M GON' TELL MAMA!"

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It was not the green soap, which is just a diversion and had nothing to do with it. When Peter looked in the mirror after his bath the soap was the first thing he thought of, so he shampooed again with the white soap, but his hair stayed the same color. The timing of the change, the specific color, and the reason are all explained in the rest of the movie.

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This is a lovely, strange film with a wonderful cast. Dean Stockwell was simply one of the greatest child actors in Hollywood history.

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